By COLlive reporter
A source in the New York Police Department confirmed that an arrest has been made in connection with the stabbing of a 25-year-old Jewish man in Crown Heights two weeks ago.
The police official told COLlive.com that the arrest was made on Wednesday, February 10th, in connection to what investigators treated as a hate crime.
The attack on Leiby Brikman happened a few feet away from his apartment in the neighborhood when he felt a sharp pain in his back.
The stabber was captured on surveillance footage, showing a black man fleeing the scene with a bloody knife in hand.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. An arrest has yet to be made.
Brikman has been suffering from a collapsed lung and internal bleeding and was only discharged from the hospital on Sunday.
He used an interview with the New York Daily News to urge the NYPD to boost security in the area — where 3 Jewish people have been stabbed over the past year.
“I hope police take it seriously,” he said, speaking from his parents’ home in Seagate, Brooklyn, where he is recuperating. “The neighborhood needs more security to prevent the next attack.”
It has yet to be determined whether the suspect in custody is connected to 2 previous stabbing attacks on Jews in Crown Heights that occurred this past year.