Republican mayoral nominee Curtis Sliwa announced Sunday he’s adding $5,000 to the $1,000 reward a local patrol group offered for information that leads to cops catching the duo who on Friday beat a Jewish man in Brooklyn and robbed him of his religiously required prayer property.
“This is a continuation of anti-Semitic attacks that are occurring in New York City in addition to the many crimes against Asians,” Sliwa, the Guardian Angels founder, said Sunday afternoon at a press conference near the scene of the disturbing crime.
“We are establishing an additional reward to the $1,000 that was offered by the Shomrim,” Sliwa said of his own $5,000 reward boost the Jewish, quasi-cop civilian patrol group had offered after the brutal, possibly anti-Semitic attack.
“Often times, people will see people in videos that they know, and loose lips sink ships, and sometimes it’s based on the amount of money that is offered for people to come forward, and assist the police and the district attorney and the prosecution of these two.”
Sliwa added that he’d be “moving Guardian Angels in,” referring to his own patrol group.
The Republican mayoral candidate’s monetary offer comes after on Friday morning two thieves attacked a Jewish man and snatched his tefilin — small black boxes with prayer scrolls inside attached to leather straps worn by some observant Jews during prayer — while the victim was on his way to a Brooklyn synagogue in Midwood about 5:45 a.m. The NYPD says it’s investigating the incident as a hate crime.
According to NYPD data released earlier this month, anti-Semitic assaults are up 69 percent so far this year.
In the first half of 2021, there were 113 anti-Semitic hate crimes, compared to 67 at this point last year, according to police data.