“The way he jumped toward me, he was determined to kill. No question.”
Police arrested Oniel G. Gilbourne, 26, in connection with the attack on a 63-year-old Jewish man in August.
Gilbourne allegedly attacked Rabbi Abraham Gopin in Lincoln Terrace Park with a large rock.
The police charged Gilbourne with “assault as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon.”
A suspect has been arrested in the brutal August 27th assault of 63 year old Rabbi Gopin in #Brooklyn.
— StopAntisemitism.org (@StopAntisemites) September 13, 2019
Gopin spoke out after the attack. From PIX 11:
“The way he jumped toward me, he was determined to kill. No question,” Abraham Gopin said, adding that his attacker used the phrase “dirty Jews,” during the attack, which police are investigating as a hate crime.
Gopin was viciously attacked in Lincoln Terrace Park in Crown Heights as he was on his morning walk around 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, police said.
The Brooklyn rabbi lost two front teeth, suffered a broken nose and multiple lacerations to the face in the beating, police said.
“He came to me, fighting with hands,” Gopin said. “I was protecting myself. It was a fight for several minutes.”
This is what Gilbourne allegedly used on Gopin.
Police are searching for a man who bashed a jewish park-goer over the head with this paving stone.
Rabbi Abraham Gopin (63-years-old) was left unconscious with a broken nose, lacerations all over his body, and missing his two front teeth pic.twitter.com/6LOd7NoK2w
— Kayla Mamelak (@KaylaMamelak) August 28, 2019
Gopin walks in the park almost every day. He does not know the attacker.
Councilman Chaim Deutsch said at this time last year, New York City saw “90 incidents of anti semitic [sic] crime.” 2019 has had 146 so far.DONATE
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