The Daily News Reports: A Crown Heights yeshiva student was brutally beaten and robbed by a several assailants as he raced home before the peak of the storm, a video shows.
One thug tripped Jeremy Furchtgott, 21, and others pummeled him in the head and body before stealing his wallet with $40 and iPhone at the corner of Albany Ave. and President St. at 6:47 p.m. Monday.
“It was the last thing I was expecting,” recalled Furchtgott , who was walking to his home near Chabad headquarters on Eastern Parkway before the attack. “I found myself on the ground and first thought that I tripped over a branch. Until I heard someone yell, ‘Give me your phone! Give me your wallet.’”
The violent assailants rolled the recent Princeton University grad on his stomach to check his back pockets, the grainy video posted by CrownHeights.info shows.
“One of them said, ‘Stay down! Don’t look up until you count to 100 or I’ll shoot you!’ ” Furchtgott said.
One attacker then viciously drives Furchtgott’s head into the ground before he races off.
Sruly Halon, who was walking home after a Talmud study session nearby, discovered Furchtgott lying motionless on the sidewalk seconds after the attack.
“At first I didn’t know why he was lying there,” Halon recalled. “I wasn’t sure if something happened to him physically. Maybe a tree hit him.”
Furchtgott, who had just finished counting to 25, told him Halon he had been mugged, but initially didn’t remember being beaten. He suffered several bruises and cuts on his legs but declined hospital care.
Halon called 911 but the lines were down due to huge number of storm related calls.
Binyomin Lifshitz, a Shomrim volunteer, arrived shortly afterwards, and reached out directly to police in the area for help.
An NYPD captain showed up shortly afterwards and several other cops tried to find the attackers, scouring nearby blocks, to no avail.
“We have a complaint and it is under investigation,” said detective Brian Sessa Tuesday night.
City Councilman David Greenfield (D-Flatbush) condemned the attack, and offered a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators.