Monday, October 15, 2018

Man Charged with Hate Crime in Brutal Assault in BP

A suspect has been arrested on multiple charges after he allegedly viciously beat a man in Brooklyn on Sunday morning. October 14 2018 Authorities said the attack took place at around 7:30 a.m. in Borough Park near 46th Street and 13th Avenue.

Farrukh Afzal, 37, of Staten Island was charged with assault, hate crime, criminal mischief and harassment.

Leopold Schwartz, 62, told CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez on Sunday evening he thought his life was over when a stranger, seemingly came out of nowhere and assaulted him. “I was like this. And all of a sudden… boof, boof, boof, boof!” Schwartz said, referring to the barrage of punches that came his way. “So I start to fight back because it’s either death or life.”

Surveillance video shows Schwartz walking alone when a black livery car screeches to a halt at the curb behind him and the driver, allegedly Afzal, goes right after Schwartz.

Police told CBS2’s Sanchez that Afzal had mistaken Schwartz for another Hasidic man who had hit his car for no apparent reason while the Taxi and Limousine Commission driver was stopped at a red light. “He came out from the car. I couldn’t explain to you how angry he was. He was screaming the whole time,” Schwartz said.

A father of nine, Schwartz said he managed to break free and run into the intersection, but he tripped. “I fell down on the street. All of a sudden he’s on my head again, start to punch me. I screamed, ‘What you want from me?!? Help me please,'” Schwartz said.

A passerby approached to stop the attack, and Afzal went after him, police said. It was distraction that likely saved Schwartz. Witnesses kept the driver at the scene until cops arrived and arrested him. “I’m telling you if he had a knife he would stab me right on the place. No doubt,” Schwartz said.

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