Monday, June 23, 2008

New York: Two Jews attacked

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn [CHI] — Sunday at around 7:30pm two Bochurim on their way to yeshiva were maced by a group of 3 young Black teens.

The incident took place as the Bochurim were approaching the corner of Montgomery St and Troy Ave where the group was playing with a can of mace and sprayed at the two Bochurim, hitting one in the mouth and the other in the eye. As the Bochurim continued walking, they saw a police officer posted at the corner and alerted him to as what had taken place, the police officer responded by running over to the group and apprehended the three youngsters, and had a police car respond to the scene to take the suspects back to the station house.

The police officer then walked back to the corner to speak with the two Bochurim but they had walked off, leaving police with the suspects in custody but no victims or complainants, which would force the police to release them. Since the incident, which was classified as an assault, involved mace, it became a serious incident and the police had no interest in letting the suspect go, so the help of Shomrim was enlisted.

A ranking police officer contacted the Shomrim hotline and informed the coordinator of the situation, who in turn dispatched a number of Shomrim members to the scene and had them search for the Bochurim, and within minutes the two Bochurim were located in the yeshiva, Oholei Torah Mesivta. Shomrim then transported the two Bochurim to the rear of the station house, so to avoid the suspects seeing them, and made their statements to police, who then placed one of the three under arrest for assault and possession of mace, which is illegal in New York State, and released the other two after determining they had no part in the assault.

BH the Bochurim did not sustain any injuries from the mace and refused medical attention. If you Chas V’Sholom become the victim of a crime its important to report the incident, in a case such as this it would only embolden such assailants to continue and commit such crime and even allow it to escalate to more serious incidents, and after reporting such an incident not to leave the scene until police have taken your information and expressed told you its ok to leave.

If you become concerned at any time or become uncomfortable with the situation or talking to police, don’t hesitate to call Shomrim who will dispatch a unit who will explain the procedure and make sure it is completed in a timely and understandable fashion.In case of an emergency never hesitate to call 911 and Shomrim at (718) 774-3333 24/7 (Source)

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