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“They ripped off my clothes, my hat and my yarmulke. They were punching my face,” said Joel Weinberger, 26, a Hasidic teacher and father of four.
Weinberger ended up with numerous fractures and a broken eye socket. He had three steel implants in his cheek, he told the Daily News outside the courtroom.
“I was hit from the back; I lost consciousness,” Weinberger testified at an evidence hearing.
He came to, tried to run away, but was hit repeatedly until he blacked out again, he said.
Two 15-year-old boys were charged with assault as a hate crime for the attack on Harrison St. in Williamsburg.
Two NYPD detectives testified that the teens said they attacked “the Jew” because “it was something fun to do.”
Detective Nicole Carter said the boys claimed they “were bored,” went to a park, bought a “$5 bag of weed, got high” and then decided to go to what they called “Jew town.”
According to Det. Carter, when one teen was asked why they were targeting the Jewish community, he said “It was something fun to do” and “they don’t hit back.”
Carter said the teens confessed to being bored before the incident, so they smoked $5 worth of pot at a local park and decided to head to P.S. 318, which they referred to as “Jew Town.”
Weinberger said the attack left him with a fractured eye and three metal plates in his face, although he eventually was able to get away.
He said he was confronted by the teens while he talking on his cell phone and walking home from the Be’er Torah Yeshiva, which is three blocks away. He said the teens didn’t take his wallet or his phone – even though Weinberger said he offered it to them.
Weinberger said he was so dazed after being hit that he couldn’t identify his attackers in court. Police said the teens admitted to attacking Weinberger while being questioned over other attacks.
However, their lawyers contend they were illegally coerced into the confessions, although they don’t deny the teens were at the scene of the attack.
The teens are facing assault and harassment charges and the case is being handled as a bias crime.
One of the teens is accused of later beating two other Orthodox Jews – one last Saturday and another on Monday as he left a Chanukah party.
Because the suspects were charged as juveniles, The News is not publishing their names.
Both are chronic truants and drug users who cannot be controlled by their parents, probation reports say.
One of the teens was laughing during the proceedings, prompting a warning from the judge to “treat the process with dignity.”
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 17.