(John Del Signore) An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man is the latest victim in a series of unprovoked assaults in Brooklyn, and the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is involved in the investigation. Eli Leidner, 26, was sucker-punched last night around 10:40 in Williamsburg, as he walked on Bedford Avenue between Taylor and Clymer Street. He says two people ran up behind him, punched him in the face, laughed and ran away. He was not robbed. Here's an interview with Leidner after the assault:
"I believe it's a knockout," Leidner said, referring to the alleged series of attacks in which pedestrians are sucker-punched as part of a street game to crown a "knockout king." The NYPD press office would not elaborate on this incident, which comes two days after a 76-year-old woman was punched her in the back of the head in East New York. Hours before the victim, Yvonne Small, was attacked, members of the Rev. Al Sharpton group National Action Network rallied in East New York against the 'knockout' game.
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