Boca Raton victim says hate crime was 'nerve-wracking'

Boca Raton victim says hate crime was 'nerve-wracking'

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Jewish community in Boca is on edge as police say they are investigating a possible hate crime.

Investigators say the 19-year-old victim was walking in the area of 350 NE 2nd St.

The victim says on Saturday a male on a bicycle passed him and shouted, "Jews should go back to Auschwitz.. Hitler was right."  The victim responded with, "Why don't you come back here and say that!"

The suspect rode over to the victim, repeated his statement and shoved the victim. As the victim fell, he twisted around so he landed face down and his forehead hit the ground.

The victim got up and exchanged punches with the suspect, before the suspect rode off on his bicycle.

"I'm doing better. It was just a little bit nerve-wracking having someone scream at me these things," the victim told NewsChannel 5.

The victim is studying to be a Rabbi at the Chabad Center near Mizner Park.

"We are in disbelief. Shock. Could this really happen in Boca Raton," Rabbi Ruvi New said.

The Rabbi is appreciative of the police for taking action so quickly.

He questions whether the crime could be related to their plans for expansion.

He says two weeks ago, someone shouted at a student "We don't want Jews here."

The suspect is described as a white male, about 20-years-old, 6' feet tall, 160 pounds with blonde or light brown hair in a crew cut style and no facial hair.  The suspect was wearing a light yellow shirt, navy jeans and dark shoes. He was riding a dark blue Schwinn mountain bike.

If anyone has information about this crime, please call Detective Michelle Macy at (561) 620-6222 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

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