Police apprehended four individuals last night believed to be the assailants in a second “knockout game” assault in Midwood, according to Councilman David Greenfield, who is calling on the district attorney to make an example out of the suspects.
During the second attack, which happened at approximately 2:00 a.m. last night near 18th Avenue and East 5th Street, a Jewish man was walking when he was approached by four men and punched in the head. No property was stolen during the attack, and police arrested the gang shortly afterwards.
According to Greenfield, it’s the fourth knockout attack this month in Midwood and Crown Heights, with victims ranging in age from a 12-year-old boy to a 78-year-old woman.
Greenfield is now calling on Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes to charge the suspects with participating in a gang assault and hate crime, both felonies.
“It is now time for the NYPD and District Attorney to throw the book at these thugs and make it clear that our city will not tolerate this type of behavior, especially when people are being targeted because of their race or religion,” said Greenfield in a press release.
The councilman is also reminding residents to remain vigilant, report any suspicious activity and avoid walking the streets alone at night.