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Man, 63, hurt in antisemitic attack in Central Park, police searching for suspect

(NEW YORK) — Police in New York City are searching for the suspect who allegedly made antisemitic statements as he attacked a 63-year-old man in Central Park.

The 63-year-old was walking in the park around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when the suspect hit him from behind, the NYPD said.

The man fell to the ground and suffered a broken hand and chipped tooth, police said. He was hospitalized in stable condition, according to police.

The suspect, who appeared to be about in his 40s, fled on a bike, police said. He also had a bike trailer with various items inside. The trailer had a sign reading “Hungry Disabled,” police said.

The Anti-Defamation League’s New York and New Jersey office said it’s “horrified” by the assault, saying, “crimes like these have a ripple effect across communities and cause unique trauma on top of physical harm.”

Antisemitic incidents in the U.S. reached an all-time high last year, according to the ADL’s annual report.

Police urge anyone with information to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or submit tips at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org.

Horrified by this reported antisemitic assault of a 63-year-old in Central Park & by the injuries that were allegedly sustained. Crimes like these have a ripple effect across communities & cause unique trauma on top of physical harm. We ask anyone w/ info to contact @NYPDTips. https://t.co/JmnZnd6xFO

— ADL New York / New Jersey (@ADL_NYNJ) December 15, 2022

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