NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Five Hasidic men are facing gang-related charges in the vicious beating of a man in Brooklyn.
As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, the members of a Jewish safety patrol in Williamsburg are accused of stopping then attacking Taj Patterson as he walked through the neighborhood on Dec. 1.
Patterson, 23, sustained several injuries, including a broken eye socket that left him blind in one eye. He tried to get away, but authorities say several men in the group, which had grown to about 15, held him down and punched and kicked him. The attackers then fled after a passer-by threatened to take pictures of them.