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!”
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
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.
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. As I tried to get away, one stepped toward me and with a closed fist hit me in the face.”
As he stumbled away from the suspect, he and his pals yucked it up, Perl said.
“They called after me, ‘Come back! I can do this! I can knock you out!’” he said.
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