20-year-old arrested in back-to-back attacks against Jewish victims

A 20-year-old man is under arrest and charged in connection to back-to-back attacks against Jewish victims in Brooklyn last weekend.

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- The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating whether two anti-Semitic attacks in Brooklyn are connected. The first happened in Borough Park last night. Three men yelled threats at worshipers outside a synagogue and damaged a car.

- Later someone beat up two teenagers in Kensington. Today the mayor had tough words for the attackers.

- Eyewitness News reporter Naveen Dhaliwal is in Borough Park this evening. Naveen.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: Yeah, Sandra, police say the two attacks were 45 minutes apart and less than a mile apart. And now, investigators are trying to figure out if they were done by the same suspects. Police surrounded the Agudath Israel of 16th Avenue around 7 o'clock last night, after investigators say another bias attack on the Jewish community. This after three men in a car began yelling at a group of Jewish men heading to the synagogue for prayer.

SIMCHA EICHENSTEIN: Yelled at them, free Palestine, kill all the Jews.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: As the victims ran into the building and locked the door, that's when police say the two suspects got out of the car and began to bang on that door. And that's not all.

SIMCHA EICHENSTEIN: Out of frustration, they walked over to a vehicle parked right in front and broke the mirror of the vehicle.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: Then just 45 minutes later after that first assault, investigators say two men approached a 17- and an 18-year-old on Ocean Parkway. The suspects physically assaulted both teenagers, punching them in the head, and putting them in a choke-hold.

BILL DE BLASIO: Anyone who perpetrates an act of hatred will be found. They will be prosecuted. They will suffer the consequences.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: Now, detectives are searching for these suspects who they say are involved in that first attack that's causing a lot of concern.

SIMCHA EICHENSTEIN: Never did I believe that in my lifetime I will hear people telling me I'm afraid to walk the streets of Borough Park, Brooklyn.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: Yeah, you can just imagine the concern that is on the streets now and those neighbors here. Those two teenagers from that second attack ran into the 66 precinct, and that's where EMS crews treated them. Now, we're hearing thankfully they have minor injuries. And tonight again, police are hoping someone will recognize those suspects from the pictures we're putting out. Live in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Naveen Dhaliwal, Channel 7 Eyewitness News.