Two Orthodox Jewish teenagers were attacked with paintballs while walking home with their 65-year-old grandfather from synagogue on Friday night, in what police believe was a bias crime.
According to NYPD officials, the two boys, aged 13 and 16, were walking on Morton street and Juliana Place in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn at around 8:50pm, when they were hit with paintballs directed at them. The younger teen was hit on his left foot, while the 16-year-old was hit on his eye and arm, police said.
The two continued to their grandparents home where they ate the Friday night meal, and on Saturday night after sunset the two brothers with the help of Willamsburg Shomrim filed a police report at the 90th precinct, a family member told JP.
As reported last week, at least two additional Jewish men where attacked with paintballs last Sunday.
Sources with knowledge of the investigation said the Hate Crime Task Force has already reviewed several surveillance cameras in the area, and has obtained some evidence that may lead to the arrests of the suspects.
Police have no concrete evidence that link the two incidents, but it’s very likely that these attacks were motivated by the same people, police sources said.
Anyone who has any information in regards to any of the two incidents or may have seen anything that could lead to the arrest of the suspects is urged to call Williamsburg Shomrim at 7182370202 or NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1800-577-TIPS.