A Hasidic Jew visiting from London claiming he was attacked by unknown assailants in Brooklyn set off a hate crime investigation by the NYPD. Now, the gentleman has rescinded his claims and said the he simply fell down and was not a “knockout game” victim.
The 65-year-old man was in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn Tuesday when he told NYPD officials he was attacked from behind around 2:30 a.m. As expected, the police launched an investigation and marked the incident as a hate crime.
This morning, as reported by Gothamist, the man changed his story and said that he fell and injured himself instead of being attacked by a pack of brutes. City Council Member David Greenfield didn’t help matters by egging on the story without all the facts, saying that the “brutal attack” was part of a growing “knockout game” trend in Brooklyn.
The gentleman has since returned to London, and police have not revealed any further details in the case.
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