NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 24: A Hasidic man walks by a police car in a Jewish Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn on April 24, 2017 in New York City. According to a new report released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. rose by 86 percent in the first three months of the year. The group’s audit of anti-Semitic events counted 541 anti-Semitic attacks and threats in the first quarter of the year, a significant increase over the same period last year. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(JTA) — A Hasidic man in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, New York was the victim of an unprovoked sucker punch in the face.
The attack late on Thursday night on the 19-year-old man was captured on video.
The attacker was identified by the New York Police Department as Steven Sotomayor, 32, the Yeshiva World News reported. The men did not exchange any words before the attack.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force announced Friday that the attack was being investigating as an “anti-Semitic assault”.