NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD is looking for suspects in connection to a brutal assault of a 49-year-old Jewish man in Borough Park.
According to officials, the victim was approached by several suspects while he was walking along 38th Street between 15th and 16th Avenues on Monday night.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Boy Critically Hurt In Apparent Drive-By Shooting, Police Say
The suspects then put the man in a chokehold, threw him to the ground and kicked him in the face several times before taking his wallet, police said.
New York City Councilman David Greenfield, who represents Borough Park, said that he will be offering a $500 reward for information leading up to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the incident.READ MORE: DMX Memorial Set For Saturday At Barclays Center Ahead Of Funeral
“You’ve taken a simple crime, a robbery, you’ve turned it into assault, and you’re really trying to instill fear in a community,” Greenfield told 1010 WINS. “And I think that’s why we need to send a message that we have no tolerance for this type of behavior.”
It was not immediately clear whether or not the incident was determined a hate crime.MORE NEWS: Commuter Alert: Midtown Tunnel Queens-Bound Tube Closed This Weekend
The NYPD is asking for anyone with information on the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.