Sikh Seriously Injured after Unprovoked Assault Outside NY Gurdwara

January 16, 2008

Author: Press Release

Source: United Sikhs

Baljeet Singh, a 63-year-old Sikh man suffered serious injuries on Monday evening during an unprovoked attack by David C. Wood, a next-door neighbour to the gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) at 95th Avenue and 222nd Street in Jamaica, New York. Singh suffered a broken nose and a fractured jaw, which will both require surgery. The suspect, Wood, aged 36, attacked Singh after the latter had parked his car on the opposite side of the street from where the gurdwara and the defendant’s house are located.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Baljeet Singh had parked his car down the street and on the opposite side from the gurdwara and Wood’s residence when the latter began screaming incomprehensibly. As the victim started to move towards the gurdwara, taking a path that allowed the most distance from his would-be attacker, the defendant accosted Singh. The victim, told UNITED SIKHS that Wood swore at him and called him an Arab, before punching him, causing him to bleed profusely and fall to the sidewalk. During the attack, Singh’s turban was knocked off and his spectacles broke. This series of events transpired quickly and with no provocation from the victim, as the two had never spoken at any point. According to the victim’s son, Harpreet Singh, two people assumed to be the perpetrator’s parents appeared immediately after the attack and approached his father as he fell and supposedly asked if he was alright. The victim entered the gurdwara and called 911, deciding not to disturb anyone else with the situation due to the fact that prayers were in progress.