NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD hate crimes task force is investigating after a 9-year-old Jewish boy was attacked in Brooklyn.

It happened around 6 p.m. Sunday near Throop Avenue and Walton Street in Williamsburg.

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Police said the boy was on his way home when the suspect punched him in the face several times.

The NYPD hate crimes task force is investigating after a 9-year-old Jewish boy was attacked in Brooklyn. (Credit: NYPD)

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The victim suffered pain and swelling but refused medical attention on the scene.

Police said they’re searching for a black teen, believed to be 14 to 18 years old, with a light complexion and medium build, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie with a black patch on the sleeve, dark colored jeans and white sneakers.

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Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting them to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.