The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is turning to the public for help identifying the suspect wanted in an antisemitic attack on an innocent man in Central Park this week. Investigators say the victim was ambushed and left with a broken bones by an assailant who used vile slurs and even praised Adolf Hitler-loving rapper Kanye West.
“Fuck the Jews. Gas the k—-s. Kanye 2024!” the cold-blooded suspect told his 63-year-old victim after sneaking up on the man from behind and striking him so hard that he tumbled down on the pavement, breaking a hand and chipping a tooth, according to investigators.
‘Kanye 2024’ is a reference to the rapper Kanye West, who recently publicly declared his affection for the Nazi leader responsible for the systematic murder of 6,000,000 jews in Europe through mass executions in gas chambers, and also says he is running for President of the United States in the next election cycle.
The antisemitic attack in Central Park unfolded just after 5:30 pm on Wednesday, according to the NYPD, near the intersection Terrace Drive and East Drive in Central Park — east of Bethesda fountain. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment and is said to be in stable condition.
After the assault, the suspect took off on his bicycle heading westbound on 72nd Street, detectives say. Behind his bicycle, the antisemitic attacker was seen towing a trailer filled with belongings, including a large handmade cardboard sign on the rear that reads “Hungry. Disabled.”
The suspect is described by police as a man in his 40’s with a medium build, last seen wearing a brown jacket, beige pants, white sneakers and multi-colored hat.
If you recognize the suspect or have any information that could help the Hate Crime Task Force, you’re asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.