A 55-year-old Jewish man walking home from the train on Avenue M at 1 a.m. was repeatedly punched, thrown to the ground by two assailants in hoodies, police said.
They reached into the man's pockets and took his wallet and cellphone. They continued to kick the victim repeatedly in the head. They eventually fled the scene, running down Avenue M towards Ocean Parkway.
The sheer brutality of this attack is what has community leaders so outraged.
"When you watch the video and you watch the brutality and horror of two animals," Assemblyman Dov Hikind said during a sidewalk news conference.
"It is unbelievable."
The victim, his first name is Eli, is in stable condition at Maimonides after receiving between 70 to 80 stitches to his head.
Surveillance cameras on surrounding homes captured this vicious robbery from several angles where the two assailants jumped into a waiting black car being driven by a third man.
At this point, police are calling this a robbery and not a bias attack.
Police are offering a $5,000 cash reward to anyone with information on the suspects.
The NYPD has released more footage showing Monday morning’s vicious beating that left a Midwood resident battered, bruised and with multiple stitches in his head, hoping that the public can help them apprehend the two suspects in connection with the assault and robbery.