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Two Women Arrested for Attacking Elderly Jewish Man

79-year-old Brooklyn resident treated for minor injuries at the hospital

Isabel Fattal
July 01, 2014

Two women were arrested early Sunday morning for assaulting an elderly Jewish man in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Raven Small, 20 and Tatyana Bone, 18, were charged with the assault of 79-year-old Naftali Lebovits, the New York Daily News reports. The two women attempted to leave the scene but were apprehended by police shortly after 1 a.m., according to JTA. Police said that the motive was unknown.

Lebovits, a member of the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, was reportedly hit on the back of the head and knocked to the ground; he was treated in the hospital for minor injuries.

This incident is reminiscent of the so-called ‘knockout‘ attacks that occurred in New York City late last year. The attacks, in which individuals (often elderly) were punched and knocked to the ground, mainly targeted Jews.

Isabel Fattal, a former intern at Tablet Magazine, attends Wesleyan University.