New York Police Department investigates a potential hate crime, after four men brutally beat a Brooklyn bodega proprietor in an attack caught on video.
Jamal Sawaid is originally from Yemeni. He and a worker at a nearby store were attacked around 2:20 pm Saturday in the Coney island area.
Sawaid, 58 years old, has owned his bodega since 1993. He claims that he never saw the men until this day.
The surveillance camera in the store caught the attack on that afternoon. The video shows a man jumping over the counter to smack Sawaid with a metal tube in the head, while another shoving the other bodega employee on the floor.
Sawaid said , Fox 5 New York, “He hit me with a baton, straight up. “He jumped on the counter and blocked me. When you are hit on the head, it is impossible to fight. “You cannot do anything.”
As the beating continued, a third man grabbed a case from the counter and hurled it at the owner.
According to the police, after the attack the four suspects fled in a white pick-up truck. The police said that the attack was “unprovoked”, and that four men shouted racial epithets before attacking Sawaid and another employee.
Sawaid immediately called 911, and was taken to hospital. Sawaid had to recover with an eye that was swollen and eight staples on his head.
The bodega owner was back at work on Monday, just two days after a violent attack occurred.
He explained, “I must survive.” If you stay at home, who will pay your bills?
Fox News Digital reported that the NYPD had no further updates to make on Wednesday. The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the case and continues to search for four suspects.
NYPD Crime Stoppers sent out a tweet, alerting that anyone who has any information on the four suspects should contact 800-577-TIPS or crimestoppers.nypdoline.org, offering up to a $3,5000 reward.
A congressional hearing this week has brought the issue of crime to the forefront for residents of New York City.
The Republican members of House Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing Monday morning entitled “Victims Of Violent Crime In Manhattan” to discuss the crime surge in New York City. The hearing focused on the policies of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and how crimes have been handled in New York City.
One of the witnesses at Monday’s hearing was a former NYC bodega employee who had his second degree murder charges dismissed after he stabbed a victim in self-defense. He testified about DA Bragg’s policies and how the crime rate in the city is increasing.
Fox News Chris Pandolfo is credited with this report.