76-Year-Old Berlin pensioner beaten up in broad daylight by antisemitic assailant

Source: polizeimeldungen
Berlin -
A 76-year-old man was punched in the face by a male teen in broad daylight in Berlin in what police are calling an anti-Semitic incident.

The suspect was released to the custody of his father, according to news reports. The victim, who was injured on his forehead and nose, was not Jewish, police later said.

It is the second such incident to occur in recent weeks in the former East Berlin district of Pankow.

Vincent Seidel
The incident occurred Monday morning, when the 16-year-old boy and four companions reportedly blocked the path of the man. When the man asked that he be allowed to pass, the boy demanded, “What do you want, you Jew?”

As the man tried to respond, the boy – named by the German-language BZ newspaper as “Steven” – reportedly punched the man several times in the face; both fell on the sidewalk. A witness, Vincent Seidel, 29, pulled the teenager off his victim and held him to the ground with his knee until police arrived; Seidel, too, was reportedly punched by the youth.

Police also told the BZ that the suspect is known to them. State security police are investigating the case.