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LYFT Driver Attacks Rabbi: What You Need to Know

‍ ⁣ ​ ‍ Rabbi Menachem Shemtov,⁤ Director⁤ of​ Chabad Georgetown and who leads services in‍ the Pentagon, ‌was brutally‍ attacked when he was⁤ kicked out of a Lyft car by the driver. Shockingly, the driver then proceeded to ‍physically assault him, leaving ⁢Rabbi Shemtov injured and in need of medical treatment. This violent ⁢act has left the community outraged and ⁢seeking justice. The assailant fled the scene, but Lyft has stated that⁣ they have identified the attacker. However, police have yet to make an arrest, adding ⁣to the‌ distress and frustration surrounding the incident. You can watch the ‍full story and video below to understand the full extent of ‌this shocking event.

January 30, 2024 – 20 Shevat 5784

Rabbi Menachem Shemtov, Director⁢ of Chabad Georgetown and who ⁤leads services in ⁤the Pentagon, was kicked out of a Lyft car and then violently attacked by ‍the driver. The attacker fled the scene, ⁢but Lyft said they identified him. Police have yet to make an arrest. Full Story,‌ Video

By COLlive reporter

Lyft ride-hailing service has let go of the⁣ driver who attacked Rabbi Menachem Shemtov, Director of Chabad of⁣ Georgetown, in a violent altercation on Sunday morning.

The ⁤29-year-old ⁤Shemtov entered ‌the vehicle after davening at TheShul of ‍American Friends of Lubavitch in Washington, DC.

“I asked him to lower the music;⁤ he turned it off⁣ completely,” Shemtov told the media. “We turned the ⁣corner (onto Connecticut Avenue), and he said he doesn’t like my energy. (He) called me weird, and I got⁤ out, and for whatever reason, he then ⁤followed me, too, to punch me‍ in the face⁣ and ‍continue beating me.”

The assault on the ‍Chabad rabbi was⁣ captured on video both by Shemtov and a bystander. The driver held a car key ⁣in his hand while punching Shemtov⁤ in ⁤the face. Shemtov went to be treated at a clinic for a gash to his face.

Despite Shemtov wearing a yarmulke and suspecting a ‌connection to his ​Judaism, D.C. police are not treating the incident ⁣as a⁣ hate crime, it was reported.

The driver then ‍fled⁣ the area. “I really don’t see what it is to defend anything right there, especially when‍ you leave the scene and flee right afterwards,”‌ Shemtov said.

In‍ a statement to ‌NBC Washington, Lyft says it identified ⁢the driver.

“Lyft unequivocally condemns this behavior,” the statement says. “Upon learning of​ this incident, we deactivated ⁣the driver, ⁣and ‍we’ve been ⁣in touch with the rider. We encourage riders ‌and drivers to report harassment, discrimination, or⁣ safety concerns in the Lyft app.”

Police ‍have not made an arrest.

Shemtov is the son of ⁤Rabbi ⁤Levi Shemtov, executive vice president of American ‌Friends of Lubavitch, and ‌the ‌grandson of Rabbi‍ Avraham ​Shemtov, the Rebbe’s⁣ Shliach to the White House and Chairman of Aguas Chassidei Chabad International.

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