ASSEMBLYMAN DOV HIKIND
January 2, 2014
Contact: Yehudah Meth
For Immediate Release
Serial Knockout Attacker Arrested in Brooklyn
Hikind Praises Police, Urges Continued Vigilance
Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) announced this evening that an important arrest has been made in conjunction with at least three of the Knockout attacks that occurred in Brooklyn over the past weeks. A male was taken into custody and identified by three separate women who said he had attacked them.
“I am eager to share this news with our community because everyone will sleep a little easier,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “As shocking and frightening as these attacks have proven to not only the victims but all of us, everywhere, we are also equally grateful to our excellent police officers who have addressed these crimes quickly and seriously. I have only the highest praise for the NY City Police Department, the Hate Crimes Unit, the 66th and 70th precincts, and the other units involved in this case.”
The man who was arrested is believed to be the attacker of a 20-year-old young woman on McDonald Ave., in Midwood (who was hit in the head on the Sabbath and knocked to the ground), of a woman who was attacked on Elm Ave. while she was out with her young daughter (also on the Sabbath), and of an elderly Russian woman.
Following the arrest, the three women identified their attacker out of a line-up on Sunday. Today, the victims testified in front of a Grand Jury.
“I will be watching this case closely,” said Hikind, who has remained in touch with several of the victims’ families. “This arrest is welcome news to all of us, but I continue to urge caution. No one in our community should live in fear, but prudence is always advisable.”