NEW YORK - The NYPD has arrested a man in connection with the beating of a Jewish man in Times Square.
Authorities charged Faisal Elezzi, 25, of Staten Island, with assault as a hate crime, menacing as a hate crime, and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.
Police have accused Elezzi of being part of a group that attacked Joseph Borgen, who was heading to a pro-Israel rally in Midtown on May 20. The group knocked Borgen to the ground and then punched, kicked, pepper-sprayed, and hit him with crutches while shouting anti-Semitic statements, police said.
First responders took Borgen to Bellevue Hospital, where he stayed overnight.
Borgen later spoke to FOX 5 NY about the horrific attack.
"They were kicking me, punching me, kicking me all over my body. I have bruises on my ribs, my back, all over," Borgen told FOX 5 NY. "My wrist is killing me. I was just guarding my head. My wrist is sprained or something. I got a slight concussion."
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The NYPD arrested at least one suspect shortly after the attack. Cops are still looking for several more men who took part in the attack.