Suspect in Brooklyn man’s beating charged with assault as a hate crime, cops investigate whether attack part of brutal 'beatdown' game
Cops charged Amrit Marajh, 28, with attacking Shmuel Perl, 24, early Friday.
The victim said Marajh joked "Come back! I can do this! I can knock you out!"
AND Thomas Tracy
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, November 22, 2013
New York Daily News
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said one of the
suspects in the beating of Shmuel Pearl in Brooklyn was talking about a
"knockout" before the attack.
A 24-year-old Jewish man was pummeled in Borough Park on Friday and cops are trying to figure out if it was a hate crime, another vile example of the “knockout game” — or both.
Police charged Amrit Marajh, 28, with punching Shmuel Perl around 2:45 a.m. on 18th Ave.
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Marajh faces charges of third-degree assault, assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.
Three other men allegedly with Marajh at the time of the attack were taken into custody but released, police said. He was awaiting arraignment Saturday afternoon.
Just before the beatdown, one of the men was “talking about knockout,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
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Perl was wearing a yarmulke.
At least one of the men in the group yelled an anti-Semitic slur, cops said.
"I was able to hear them speaking loudly about this knockout game," Perl said in a YouTube interview with the Orthodox magazine Dee Voch.
"The group surrounded me.
s I tried to get away, one stepped toward me and with a closed fist hit me in the face."
NYPD investigators in the 66th Precinct in Brooklyn were questioning the three suspects in the attack on Shmuel Pearl in Borough Park early Friday.
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