January 2, 2020

Fifteen year old Jewish teen threatened at knife point on Brooklyn bus

  1. Brooklyn, NY - A Jewish teen riding a bus in Brooklyn was threatened at knife-point by two assailants who snatched his earbuds and yarmulke while making antisemitic remarks Tuesday, police said.
The attempted robbery in Sheepshead Bay is at least the 11th reported antisemitic attack on city streets in the past week and follows a horrific stabbing attack at a synagogue in Monsey on Saturday night.

Zachary Hershkovich, 15, was on the MTA’s B3 bus on Tuesday when two strangers flashed a knife at him and removed his earbuds and yarmulke, the skullcap worn in public by Orthodox Jewish men, police said.

The attackers taunted the teen with anti-Semitic remarks while attempting to rob him on the King’s Plaza bound bus at East 17th Street and Avenue U. A police spokeswoman said the attackers gave the teen his property back before jumping off the bus in Marine Park at Flatbush Ave and Avenue U.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.