By Carol Tannenhauser
Police have released surveillance photographs of the individual who allegedly assaulted a 63-year-old man in Central Park on December 14, at 7:37 p.m., knocking him to the ground from behind, while yelling anti-Semitic remarks. The victim suffered a broken hand and chipped tooth, and was taken by private means to a local hospital in stable condition.
“’F— You Jew!’ the man screamed along with “Kanye 2024!” referencing rapper Kanye West’s recent antisemitic statements,” the Daily News reported. The Washington Post noted that “Antisemitic attacks have spiked in New York, with an increase of 125 percent last month compared with November 2021, according to data released by the NYPD.”
This recent incident occurred near the intersection of Terrace Drive and East Drive. The perpetrator fled westbound on 72nd Street, on a bicycle with a bicycle trailer carrying “various miscellaneous items, including a sign that says “Hungry Disabled,” police said.
The individual is described as” a male with a light complexion, medium build, in his 40’s, last seen wearing a brown jacket, beige pants, white sneakers, a multi-colored hat, holding a bicycle.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ All calls are strictly confidential.