N.Y. Police Arrest Man Accused of Hitting Brooklyn Rabbi in the Face With a Rock

Abraham Gopin, 64, a father of 10 and grandfather, was attacked on the morning of August 27 while jogging

JTA
Marcy Oster
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Gopin's bloodied tzizit, traditional fringed underclothes worn by Orthodox Jewish men, August 27, 2019.
Gopin's bloodied tzizit, traditional fringed underclothes worn by Orthodox Jewish men, August 27, 2019.Credit: Courtesy of the Gopin family
JTA
Marcy Oster

Police have arrested a man they accuse of beating a rabbi with a large rock in Brooklyn.

Oniel Gilbourne, 26 was attested on Thursday. He faces charges of assault as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon, PIX11 reported.

Abraham Gopin, 64, a father of 10 and grandfather, on the morning of August 27 while jogging in Lincoln Terrace Park.

The assailant allegedly yelled a and threw a rock in his direction, but missed. Gopin then confronted the rock thrower, who started punching him, and then hit him square in the face with a paving stone.  He lost two front teeth and suffered a broken nose, according to reports.

Gopin, who is identifiably Jewish with a long beard and a kippah on his head, has told several New York news outlets that he thought the assailant wanted to kill him.

As of August 25, New York police were investigating 145 , most of them in Brooklyn, compared to 88 from the same time period last year, the New York Daily News reported.

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