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Man Attacked With Large Stone In Possible Anti-Semitic Hate Crime In Brooklyn Park – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are investigating a possible hate crime in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

A 63-year-old man was attacked with a paving stone while exercising in a park.

The suspect allegedly yelled an anti-Semitic slur before blindsiding the victim.

Abraham Gopin (Credit: Benny Friedman)

Abraham Gopin, a beloved father and grandfather, was going for his usual jog near the ballfields inside Lincoln Terrace Park around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was attacked.

“He certainly feared for his life,” his son-in-law, Benny Friedman, told CBS2. “It was clear to him that the man was trying to kill him. Those were his words – the man was out for blood, that’s for sure.”

Gopin’s family said a stranger approached him in the park, yelled a slur and punched him in the face. The suspect then hit the 63-year-old over the head with a paving stone, knocking out his teeth and leaving him with a bloody gash.

“From the yelling, he didn’t respond. But from the moment that the boulder flew, he said he went into self-defense mode,” said Friedman.

Police are trying to find the suspect who allegedly assaulted a man with a large stone in a Crown Heights park on Aug. 27, 2019. (Credit: NYPD Crime Stoppers)

According to the NYPD, there have been 145 anti-Semitic hate crime complaints in the city so far this year – up from 88 complaints in the same time last year.

“To just walk into a park to enjoy themselves and leave in a stretcher, and that is totally unacceptable,” New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch said. “We are in a crisis here in New York City. We need to do more to prevent such incidents from happening, and we need to work together as communities.”

“Unfortunately, these kind of events are becoming more and more prevalent,” said Friedman.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams condemned the attack on Twitter, urging anyone with information to call police.

Gopin’s family said they’re just grateful he made it out of the park alive.

“There’s no question that things could have [been] far worse than they are now. I believe he’s going to continue living just the way he was,” Friedman said.

The victim has left the hospital and is now recovering at home.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League and NYPD Crime Stoppers are offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

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