A man is in serious condition after a suspect punched him, knocked him down, and stomped on his head during an attack in Brooklyn.
What are the details?
A report from
WABC-TV reveals that the unnamed 49-year-old man was walking down Tapscott Street in Brownsville over the weekend when the suspect approached him, began pummeling him, and stomped on his head once he had fallen to the ground.
The incident was captured on surveillance video, but the suspect — who remains at large at the time of this reporting — was able to flee on foot from the scene.
Earlier that week, a suspect hit a Quality Inn employee over the head
with a hammer in Brownsville.
The attack took place in the lobby of the hotel.
Surveillance footage captured the moment when a male suspect — who also remains at large at this time — began yelling at the victim and other hotel employees. The suspect then spit in the worker’s face at least three times before picking up a hammer and striking him over the head with it.
The victim — later identified by the New York Daily News as 32-year-old Sumit Ahluwalia — was wearing a turban at the time and said he believed that the head covering protected him from serious injury. The victim added that the suspect also made comments about the turban just moments before the attack.
“It was about 8 a.m.,” Ahluwalia said, according to the outlet. “A black guy came into the lobby of the hotel and started shouting. The front desk lady asked him, ‘Sir, do you need help?'”
At that point, Ahluwalia recalled, the suspect began running toward him and put his hand in his pocket as if to pull something out.
Ahluwalia said he feared it was a gun and said he pleaded with the man.
“What happened?” he recalled asking. “You’re my brother.”
Ahluwalia said that the suspect fired back, “You’re not the same skin,” and proceeded to hit him on the head with the hammer that he’d pulled from his pocket.
Upon fleeing, Ahluwalia recalled, the suspect shouted “I don’t like you” and left the scene.
Authorities are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.
“I didn’t do anything… I don’t deserve this,” Ahluwalia lamented. “I’m a hardworking guy, wake up in the morning 6 a.m. and go home at 7 p.m.”