By COLlive reporter
The NYPD is seeking a man wanted in connection to the brutal assault of a Chasidic resident of Crown Heights on Tuesday morning.
63-year old Avraham Gopin was walking in Lincoln Terrace Park near Eastern Parkway and Rochester Avenue at approximately 8:30 am when he was attacked by a man who threw a large brick at him.
He was taken to Maimonides Hospital with a head injury which required 3 staples, a broken nose, a bruised leg and the loss of two teeth.
Hate crimes task force is investigating the assault.
A passerby who witnessed the assault captured the suspect on video.
The suspect is described as a black male, around 6-feet tall, with long black dreadlocks. He was last seen in a white t-shirt and black shorts. The NYPD asks anyone who can identify the suspect to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. They say all calls are confidential.
The ADL has announced that it is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the assault.
“We are alarmed and deeply concerned by this violent assault on an elderly Jewish man,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL NY/NJ Regional Director. “The sheer brutally of this attack is beyond shocking and profoundly upsetting. At a time when violent assaults against Jews increased by 55% last year, we must not become complacent. All New Yorkers should be outraged by these incidents and come together to end this disturbing trend once and for all. We are grateful for the NYPD Hate Crime Unit for investigating.”