NEW YORK — A Jewish man was attacked in Central Park by a suspect who screamed “Kanye 2024″ and antisemitic slurs as he jumped his victim in what police are investigating as a hate crime.
The victim, a 63-year old woman, was walking in the park. Terrace Drive and East Drive Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m., the assailant was described as a white male in his 40s who walked up to the victim and struck him from behind.
“F— You Jew!” the man screamed along with “Kanye 2024!” referencing rapper Kanye West’s recent antisemitic statements That cost him millions in endorsement deals. Adidas was among many clothing companies that severed ties to West, who went by the name Ye after making repeated antisemitic comments online and in interviews.
Thursday’s unprovoked attack sent the victim sprawling onto the ground, where he chipped his tooth and broke his hand, police said.
The suspect, possibly homeless, ran off and was caught on surveillance cameras heading west on E. 72nd Street toting a bicycle with a trailer full of personal items, along with a sign that read “Hungry Disabled,” police said.
There have been no arrests. The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.
The victim went to a local hospital and was then treated and released.
In the hopes that the victim will be recognized, police released photographs of the assailant. He was wearing a brown jacket and beige pants, white sneakers, and a multicolored hat at the time of his attack.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts are asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers (800) 577 TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.