Video footage has emerged of a young man brutally hitting a Hasidic Jewish man in the head without provocation in New York.
The attack took place on Tuesday evening in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (local time).
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The unprovoked assault was captured by CCTV cameras, showing the Orthodox Jewish man, 39, being suddenly hit from behind while walking down the street.
The hit was forceful enough to send the man stumbling forward. The attack knocked his hat and yarmulke to the ground.
The assailant then runs away quickly, seemingly grinning. He looks over his shoulder at the injured man.
The victim, obviously shocked, picks up his hat before running after the young man. The suspect got away on foot.
Detective Sophia Mason told the Daily Mail: "A 39-year-old male victim stated to police... an unidentified male approached him from behind and slapped him on the side of the face with an open hand, causing pain and redness."
Police confirmed that the victim did not speak to his attacker before the assault and did not incite the aggressor.
No arrests have yet been made. The Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the unprovoked incident as a case of bias.