A Jewish man was punched and attacked with a piece of furniture in an apparent hate crime in New York on Monday.
The 25-year-old victim was punched in the chest and then struck in the back with what appeared to be a piece of a drawer.
Police said they were looking for the suspect who was seen in security camera footage breaking off the piece of furniture and attacking the man, before fleeing the scene in Brooklyn.
The suspect also made anti-Jewish statements toward the victim, according to the NYPD.
The victim reported pain in his back and chest following the assault, but refused medical attention, NBC reported.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the state’s Hate Crimes Task Force to offer assistance in the investigation.
“I am disgusted to learn of another attack against a member of our Jewish community — in broad daylight,” Cuomo tweeted on Friday.
“This is antisemitism, plain and simple. It’s abhorrent and unacceptable, and these hateful acts have absolutely no place in New York,” the governor added.
WANTED for an Assault: On Monday July 5, 2021 at approx.. 11:35 A.M., in front of 100 Martin Luther Jr. Pl @nypd79pct a 25 year old male wearing traditional Jewish garb was approached by a unk. Individual who made anti-Jewish statements and assaulted victim. Call @ 800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/xDzwryJhar
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) July 9, 2021
In May, Jews in New York City experienced a string of assaults and attacks connected to the round of fighting between Israel and Hamas.
In the days following, Jews across New York posted on social media about being threatened, harassed or otherwise attacked for being Jewish. The reports were reminiscent of a string of antisemitic incidents in New York in the months before the pandemic shut down street life globally. Nationwide, the Anti-Defamation League recorded an increase in antisemitic incidents in the first week of the Israel-Hamas fighting.
Agencies contributed to this report.