Suspect wanted for punching a 9-year-old boy in Williamsburg

November 29, 2018 By Christina Carrega Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Still image of the suspect accused of hitting a 9-year-old believed to be a Hasidic Jewish boy on Nov. 25 in Williamsburg. Photo courtesy of the NYPD
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A little boy’s walk home from his school was interrupted on Sunday when he was suddenly walloped in the face by a stranger, police said.

The 9-year-old boy was near the corner of Throop Avenue and Walton Street in Williamsburg around 6 p.m. when a man approached and punched him in the face several times, police said.

The child was wearing traditional Jewish grab, police said, adding that it is unclear if the boy is Jewish. He was in pain with swelling to his face but refused medical attention at the scene.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.

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The alleged assailant is described as a black man with light complexion, between 14 and 18 years old. The stranger is about 5-foot-6, medium build and weighs about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie with a black patch on the sleeve, dark jeans and white sneakers.

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 CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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