A 25-year-old man was brutally beaten in a suspected hate crime Sunday morning as he was riding his bike along Jackson Street, near the intersection of Leonard Street, according to police.
Felix Valenzuela was approached by what he described as two 30-year-old white men riding skateboards that stepped in front of him and knocked him off his bicycle.
They then began beating him with the skateboards, and hurled derogatory insults at him targeting his racial and ethnic background, according to police.
“I was very disappointed and angered to hear about this incident,” said Councilmember Antonio Reynoso. “This is a community built on immigration, where everyone is welcome and should feel safe. Hate will not be tolerated in North Brooklyn or anywhere else in New York City. I wish Mr. Valenzuela a speedy recovery, and encourage anyone with information on this incident to come forward.”
The 94th Precinct, which oversees the area where the crime occurred, is currently investigating the incident as a hate crime and has assigned its Hate Crime Task Force to look into the matter.
“As an organization that organizes to improve the lives of Latino, LGBTQ and working class New Yorkers, we know that no one deserves to live in fear of violence and be targeted for who they are, where they’re from, or how they look,” said Gladys Puglla, Board Chair of Make the Road New York. “We want to see a city where everyone can walk safely down the streets, and this is why we organize to protect and integrate immigrant communities into the broader city. A crime against one is a crime against all.”
Valenzuela was transported to Woodhull hospital shortly after the incident where he was treated for bruising and swelling on his face.
People who might have any information on the perpetrators or information relating to the incident should call the 94th Precinct at 718-383-9746.