By Carol Tannenhauser
The chief chaplain and longest-serving member of the New York Police Department (NYPD) was mugged early Tuesday morning.
Rabbi Alvin Kass, 84, “was walking on Riverside Drive when he was approached by a male at West 107th Street,” Deputy Inspector Naoki Yaguchi, commander of the 24th Precinct notified WSR. “The man went through his pockets but fled without any property,” Yaguchi said. The suspect is still at large. A spokesman for the NYPD added that the suspect had told the Rabbi “he was hungry and needed money for food.” DI Yaguchi said the rabbi was not injured.
With 54 years on the force, “Kass is the longest-serving chaplain in the department’s history,” the Times of Israel reported. “He played a prominent role ministering to police and rescue workers at Ground Zero in the days after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. In 2016, the NYPD honored Kass for 50 years of service and promoted him to three-star chaplain, a first for the police force.”
This is the second time Rabbi Kass was mugged in recent years. He was attacked from behind, also on Riverside Drive, in 2016.