Cops: Hispanic Teens Beat Up Hasidic Jews ‘For Fun’

Kelly: Suspects Cop To 2 Known Attacks, Plus 3 Others

NEW YORK (CBS 2/ 1010 WINS) — An alleged bias attack and two quick arrests in Brooklyn had police looking for a larger hate crime pattern on Tuesday.

CBS 2’s Lou Young was in Williamsburg where some Jewish residents have been living in fear.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

The second suspected bias attack in two weeks happened steps from a yeshiva, near the intersection of Wallabout Street and Harrison Avenue. A 44-year-old Hasidic man, identified by friends as Moshe Guttman, was leaving a Hanukkah party at 11 p.m. on Monday. The following is what he told one of the people who stopped to help him.

“He said all of a sudden two guys just jumped him for no good reason. They didn’t ask for money, they didn’t ask for anything, just jumped him, beat him. That’s when he started screaming and that’s when they started running,” Hershy Deutsch said.

They apparently ran into the arms of a community patrol that held them for police.

Cops told Young the two — both teens — admitted not only to Monday night’s attack, but also the Thanksgiving beating that put Joel Weinberger in the hospital, breaking his jaw and his leg. That was another attack where the thugs didn’t ask for money but just pummeled the victim.

“I am too traumatized to talk,” Weinberger said from a hospital bed. In exclusive CBS 2 video, Weinberger shows the effects of a brutal beating police said he received at the hands of those same suspects.

The police commissioner said the teens charged with assault as a hate crime for the latest attack said the beat up the men “for fun.”

“The young men made statements that they assaulted the individual on Nov. 25, the case where an iPod was found on the ground if you recall. That happened to be an iPod of one of the perps, so they made admission as far as Nov. 25 assault,” Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

The arrests came as good news in a community where people often feel vulnerable to prejudice. The manager of Yeshiva Beer Hatova said his young students have been reluctant to walk outside their own school in their own neighborhood.

“They were afraid to come in the morning. They were waiting for their parents to bring them, those that’s cant make the bus,” Sam Fisher said, adding that the attacks have terrorized them.

Kelly said the teens admitted not only to the two attacks we already know about but three others we were previously unaware of. Detectives were canvassing the neighborhood in search of additional victims.

Although two of the victims are Hasidic, Commissioner Kelly said it appears members of other ethnic groups may have been targeted as well.

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  1. Relative says:

    This wasn’t a bias attack, the 14 year old is a relative of mine and I can assure you he has nothing against Jews. His brother is with a Jewish woman and we have several Jews in the family. I don’t condone what he did, he is an idiot for doing what he did but I do believe it was just kids doing something stupid for fun (again I don’t condone). If he did target a Hasidic Jew he must of done so thinking it was easier to get away with. The kid is only 14 and they are about to give him a year and a half. Him doing so much jail time is not going to do anything but make him worse. I believe he should do some jail time maybe 2 months (but that would be to scare him) and put him on probation for a while. We need to find better ways to correct the mistakes our youth make not institutionalize them.

    1. Tu Gatika says:

      The 15 years old is my brother and i believe they did it for fun there still young! They shouldnt have put this all around the news or give them a year and 6 months , there kids ! Porvation or like a month or two should have been there punishment . SMHHH

    2. raul alvarez says:

      They should go to jail , even they are still 14 or 15 yrs old , they should learn the lesson.. of not hurting people.. their age is not young anymore they can kill people.

  2. joel says:

    I’m a Chasidic Jew living in Williamsburg. I must say I disagree with the decision to classify this as a hate crime. According to what we know, they didn’t say anything anti-semitic. They are mean kids who should be seriously punished, serve time, but let the punishment fit the crime. Even though they are criminals, I don’t think we should treat them like worthless animals.

  3. The Good Samaritan says:

    Can the community patrol be charged with false arrest and false detainment?

    It is dangerous geting on a bus stop at 11pm at night. Hopefully the victim recovers fast.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

    1. C.J. says:

      Was it the Guardian Angels?

  4. Richie says:

    I say lets kill these thugs and start cleaning up. Good will come out of this. Thats the only way you going to fix this problem.

    1. Nani Cupcakess says:

      They are NOT punkls there just dummiesss !!! & Those arre my BROTHERS u talking abt STUPIDO >:o

      1. azad says:

        you along with your brothers should be in the jail becuase assauling taxpayers while living on welfare funded through taxpayers money!

    2. Nani Cupcakess says:

      😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥 😥😥😥😥 & SHUT UP !

    3. azad says:

      I support your view Richie.

  5. Shirley Ranz says:

    This was a violent assault in a string of varied violent assaults. No matter what the motivation of the assailants , they should serve hard time. Probation and or community service just isn’t enough. But the criminals behind bars.

  6. otto says:

    There does not appear to be enough information in this article to call this a racially or religiously based hate crime against Hasidic Jews. These thugs may have targeted other groups. Either way, it is a real shame. Hopefully the victims recovery both physically & psychologically.

    People are just losing their minds these days. We really have not progressed much socially over the past few thousand years. I think we’re destined to remain in the dark ages.

  7. Moishe says:

    From the looks of their hospital bed images, it looks like the community patrol did just a bit more than hold them for the police. LOL!

    1. njb says:

      Hey, Moishe. I hope you’re kidding. The hospital bed image is of the victim, not the attackers who were held by the patrol.

  8. HECTOR J. DELGADO says:

    ABOUT THAT BIAS CRIME IN BROOKLYN. AT LEAST THEY HAVE ARRESTED THE TWO PUNKS. PERSONALLY, IT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPEN ED. MY BELIEF IS THAT IT WILL BE SWEPT LIKE ALWAYS. UNTIL A POLITICIAN GETS BADLY HURT, OR THEIR FAMILY THEY WILL JUST LOOK THE OTHER WAY.. NOTHING WILL BE DONE. ONLY INNOCENT PEOPLE GET HURT. I GUESS THESE TWO PUNKS COME FROM A BROKEN FAMILY AND RAISED BY A SINGLE PARENT. LETS GET TOUGH OUT THERE. LET’S GO LIKE BACK IN IRAQ

    1. Tu Gatika says:

      Excuse me sweat heart, one of the kid is my brother that is not the way we have raised him.. kids never listen to there family and there still kids they just like to have fun no matter what the parents do there would still get into what they want ! and for your information my family are a close family and he is raised by a mother and father brothers and sisters that love him dearly yes what he did was wrongg but i dont believee the punishement they gave him adds up to what he did !

  9. unknown says:

    Thats right KPMc u tell them…i heard it all over 1010wins also they fled to the holy land unreal..they get them and i hope the hang thier ass! Nasty!

  10. sk says:

    where did you hear this cazy story about chasidim raping their daughters? “I heard about it” is not enough proof. You din’t even mention your sources or who told you this. Maybe this person wanted ot make the orthodox jews look bad. Anyway, what does the incident of the chasidim being attacked have to do with unproven allegations about another chasid. Its OK that the chasidim were attacked b/c you hear a tsory about another crime? How does oen justify the other? You should be attacked and pople will make excuses!

    1. KPMc says:

      Try a Google search… as I sad… And you will see stories at NY Times, Daily News, Post, WNBC, NY1 and others!

      I heard it on NY1..

      Now instead of the five minutes it took you to respond maybe you could have done a Google search. It takes less then a second.

      I want to know WHY the other story wasn’t reported by CBS.. that simple. Keep your anti-Semitic nonsense to yourself!

    2. KPMc says:

      You can read it at the following pages.. but apparently not CBS Local which consolidates the websites of two NYC news radio stations and a TV station.

      You’re right… it really has nothing to do with this story in particular but since this site didn’t report it and there is no way to leave general feedback or ask about it this was the next best place.

      Just wondering how this could go unreported?

      http://www.ny1.com/content/130048/police–brooklyn-rabbi–sons-sexually-abused-family-members-for-15-years

      http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/12/04/2010-12-04_rabbis_son_accused_of_sexual_abuse_ordered_to_stay_away_from_underage_victims.html

      http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local-beat/NY-Rabbi-and-Sons-Accused-of-Sexually-Abusing-Daughters-111297564.html

  11. Aceof Spades says:

    Capital Punishment!!!!!

  12. sk says:

    why is this not hate crime? The teenagers beat up the chasidm for areason, other wise why didn’t they beat up one of their own. the teenagers know if they would have attacked a member of their own community someoen would come aroung and kill them. Besdies, minprity groups are always pointing fingers as incidents being hate crimes. So if caucasion person is beaten up its not a hate crime?

  13. CSI says:

    What we need to do is start sending all these people to third world countries and see then try that stuff there. Lets say Abu Dhabi. They will for sure get a whiping there or maybe more. Or just drop them in Iraq.

  14. Gregg says:

    These are young animals ! Where are their parents ? Are they legal ?

  15. moshe rabbeinu says:

    golus yidden, it’s time to come home!

  16. Al Sharpton says:

    What about the mini monkey man

  17. Brett Wilson says:

    The problem is the rap music. Kids listen to it and it makes them violent.

    1. Emily says:

      Rap music isn’t the problem; it’s the popular culture behind it.

    2. Simon says:

      Rap music? Why are you so stupid?

      1. unknown says:

        maybe the should of focused on the guys who fled to the holy land after sexual assaulting there own family members..how come we havent heard about that is it because of rap music also?

  18. bevbux says:

    If this is called a bias crime just because he is a jew, a very dangerous line has been crossed in the thought crime department. As Orwell said, some pigs is more equal than others.

    The article said no anti semitic remarks were made. This is a horrible precedent, if someone is given a more serious punishment just because the victim is a protected class. I am sure mayor approves.

  19. Benson-in-Brooklyn says:

    What’s the reason behind these attacks? Anyway to fix the probrlem?

    1. HECTOR says:

      YEAH. PUT THEM IN JAIL AND TELL THE OTHER PRISONERS WHAT THEY DID. SAME GOES FOR CHILD MOLESTERS AND RAPIST

  20. Debbie says:

    I agree with you Micha 100%.

  21. tim says:

    The guy should walk around with a cattle prod and go after teenagers and shock the daylights out of them until their pats are completely soaked. see what happens then

  22. Micha says:

    I think teens like this need to be handled differently Giving them probation or a slap on the wrist won’t help. However, I bet if you through their butts in rikers for a week they wouldn’t be so quick to attack people anymore. The justice system needs to do the parenting nowadays, so tough love is needed.

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