At 10:54pm Tuesday night, the emergency hotline at Crown Heights Shomrim rang. A Jewish man on Montgomery Street had just been assaulted and robbed, and he needed help now. Just one minute later, one of Shomrim’s new response vehicle was pulling up with multiple more volunteers on the way.
According to the victim, he had been on Montgomery Street between Schenectady Ave and Utica Ave when he was approached by a man who punched him in the face and called him an “f***n Jew” before having his bag snatched. Afraid to be alone in the area after being robbed, he called Crown Heights Shomrim.
Armed with a basic description, the volunteers were quickly able to find surveillance footage of the attacker, allowing them to identify him walking in the area twenty minutes later. With his identity confirmed, the victim called 911 as the Shomrim volunteers kept an eye and waited for the police.
Moving in and out of buildings, the volunteers continued to watch the attacker as they waited for the police. Before the police arrived though, the attacker entered a crime ridden building and never came out.
When the police arrived, the attacker could not be located inside the building and the officers took the victim to the 71st Precinct to file a report.