Abraham Gopin, 63, was attacked in a Brooklyn park on Tuesday morning
Police are investigating a possible hate crime in Brooklyn after a 63-year-old Orthodox Jewish man was attacked with a huge rock while exercising in a park.
The attack took place on Tuesday around 7:30 am in the Crown Heights section of the town.
Abraham Gopin, a father and grandfather, started running near the ball fields in Lincoln Terrace Park when he was attacked.
He was wearing a keppeltje when a black man with dreadlocks would have hit him.
The suspect also shouted an anti-Semitic lie before he blinded the victim CBS2.
& # 39; My father-in-law has a big beard. My father-in-law is very easy to identify as a Hasidic Jew. My father-in-law speaks English with a very heavy Israeli accent, & said the victim's son-in-law, Benny Friedman.
& # 39; He certainly feared his life, & # 39; Friedman said CBS2. & # 39; It was clear to him that the man was trying to kill him. Those were his words – the man was looking for blood, that's for sure. & # 39;
Gopin claims that he was attacked by a black man who struck him, possibly pictured here
The Gopin family described what happened and say that a stranger approached him in the park and called a stain before he hit him in the face.
Gopin was then hit over the head with a huge rock, smashed his teeth and left him with a bloody cut.
& # 39; He did not respond to the screams. But from the moment the rock flew, he said he went into self-defense mode, & said Friedman. & # 39; Unfortunately, these types of events are becoming more common. & # 39;
& # 39; My father-in-law says there was no doubt that this man had killed him. He is now in the hospital with a broken nose, missing teeth, stitches on his head and cracks in his body, & Friedman tweeted along with photos of blood-stained clothing.
The son-in-law of the victim tweeted information about what happened during the attack
A photo of the brick allegedly thrown at Gopin was tweeted by his son-in-law
Friedman tweeted the photo of the bloody tzitit of his father-in-law, a ritual garment that orthodox Jewish men usually wear daily under their clothing
Another person in the park managed to capture video of the alleged suspect who ran away
The police are now trying to find the suspect who is behind the attack and have released video of the person who they believe is responsible.
Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the attack on Twitter and urged everyone with information to call the police.
& # 39; The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating this despicable act of violence and we will find the attacker & # 39 ;, wrote the Blasio. & # 39; This city is not stopping anywhere to protect our communities from hatred and violence. & # 39;
& # 39; I am disgusted by the cruel attack on Avraham Gopin this morning at Lincoln Heights Park, Crown Heights. No one should be attacked, hate or not. Violence is violence, wrong is wrong & # 39 ;, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams wrote.
Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted his disgust about what had happened in Brooklyn Park
Brooklyn President Eric Adams encouraged people to come with information about the crime
& # 39; To just walk into a park to enjoy and leave in a stretcher, and that is completely unacceptable, & # 39; said Chaim Deutsch, New York City Councilor. & # 39; We are in crisis here in New York City. We must do more to prevent such incidents, and we must work together as communities. & # 39;
The Gopin family says they are grateful that he managed to get out of the park alive.
& # 39; There is no doubt that it could have been much worse than now. I believe he will live the way he was, & said Friedman.
& # 39; We need safer communities. Where I come from in Minnesota, these would be front page headlines. But here in Brooklyn this is just the newest event. & # 39;
The victim has since left the hospital and is now recovering at home.
The Anti-Defamation League said it offered a reward of up to $ 5,000 for information that led to the arrest and conviction of the attacker. & # 39;
According to the NYPD, there have been 145 anti-Semitic hate crimes in the city so far. There were 88 complaints in 2018.
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