Hasidic Jew randomly stabbed in Brooklyn

The NYPD is investigating the random stabbing of a Hasidic Jewish man as a hate crime.  The 25-year-old victim was in front of 646 Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights, Brooklyn when an unknown person stabbed him on the left side of his back, according to cops.

The assault occurred at about 11:40 a.m. on Wednesday Feb. 10.  The attacker ran off.

The victim-- identified by the NY Post as Yehuda Brickman-- was hospitalized with a collapsed lung and remains in Kings County Hospital in stable condition.

The attacker  is described by police as a black, 20-30 years old, 5'10" tall and approximately 180 lbs. He was carrying a black book bag, dark colored jacket, blue hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants and black boots.

The NYPD is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.  They say that calls are confidential.