Joseph Borgen, Jewish Man Beaten in NYC Attack, Says Face 'Felt Like It Was on Fire' as Suspect Arrested
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • 4 weeks ago • 92 comments
By: BY NATALIE COLAROSSI, Newsweek
Waseem Awawdeh, One of the suspects apprehended (Tampa Free Press )
Speaking to multiple news outlets after the incident, Borgen described being kicked, punched, maced, and beaten to the ground by a group of several men. The suspects also reportedly directed antisemitic comments toward him.
"I was literally just in a fetal position, trying to guard my head and face, literally just trying to make it out of there alive," he told The Daily Mail. "I thought I was going to die. I thought I was really going to die."
Borgen told the outlet that he never imagined he would have to fear for his life like that in New York City. "I would never think I'd ever have to worry about my religion or my skin color or my ethnicity being a problem in New York city," he continued, adding that "beyond just the Jewish perspective, the amount of hate that's going on these days is really just mind blowing to me."
The incident is being treated by the New York Police Department (NYPD) as a hate crime.
So far, one person has been detained, and police are searching for up to six more individuals.