June 12, 2020

Hasidic Jew in his 50s is stabbed in 'hate crime' attack

Hackney, London - Rabbi Alter Yaakov Schlesinger, a Chasidic rabbi, was stabbed multiple times on June 12 while he was standing in front of a bank in London.

Witnesses said the man was attacked on Stoke Newington High Street, Hackney, before builders tackled and pinned the knifeman to the floor. 

Police swooped on the scene just before 11am and arrested a man in his 40s on suspicion of attempted murder.

A friend of the victim who was at the scene shortly after the onslaught described seeing blade wounds to his skull.

The friend told MailOnline that the victim, who lives in Stamford Hill, was standing outside the bank when he was set upon. 

The victim, who was wearing orthodox Jewish clothing, was able to talk at the scene and his friend said they believed he was in a stable condition, but police are still awaiting an update on his status from hospital.




The friend told MailOnline that the victim, who lives in Stamford Hill, was standing outside the bank when he was set upon. 

The victim, who was wearing orthodox Jewish clothing, was able to talk at the scene and his friend said they believed he was in a stable condition, but police are still awaiting an update on his status from hospital.

Dozens of emergency service vehicles, as well as Hatzola, the Jewish ambulance service, scrambled to the scene and a police cordon remains. 

Scotland Yard said in a statement: At 10:54hrs on Friday, 12 June police were called to reports of a male being restrained in Stoke Newington High Street, N16.

'Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. A man, aged in his 50s, was found suffering stab wounds. 

'Another man, aged in his 40s, had been restrained on the floor by members of the public.
'A man, aged in his 40s, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He has been taken to hospital after suffering what is believed to be minor head injuries.'

Source: daily mail