NYPD Arrests Suspects Who Attacked Hasidic Teen, Vandalized Shul in Williamsburg


The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force has taken two suspects into custody regarding recent hate crimes in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

NYPD sources confirm to YWN that one suspect in custody is being charged with knocking a hat off the head of a Hasidic teen, while the other is charged with throwing a metal pipe through the window of a Synagogue – as reported by YWN.

The suspects were seen on surveillance footage near the Volkan Shul on Franklin & Myrtle Ave on Shabbos afternoon, accompanied by 4 other black teens.

They appeared to be chasing and taunting a Hasidic boy, when one teen reached out and knocked his hat off his head. The group then fled towards the Shul.

One teen was seen holding a metal pipe as they stood around for approximately ten seconds. The youth holding the pipe raised it, then hesitated and handed it off to a second teen – the suspect in custody – who hurled it through a window of the Shul, causing approximately $250 in damage.

Following the vandalism, the entire gang fled southbound on Franklin Avenue toward Willoughby Avenue. It was not known if additional suspects were being sought by the NYPD. Charges were not available.

The attacks come amid multiple hate crimes in and around the city, and in wake of the horrific shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 Jews dead.

Earlier this afternoon, a Jewish man was assaulted in an unprovoked attack on Ave J in Flatbush.

Last month, a Hasidic man was viciously beaten by a Muslim cab driver in Boro Park.

On Monday, the NYPD announced it had arrested two suspects in connection to multiple swastikas found sprayed on the steps and garage doors of residential homes in Brooklyn Heights on October 30. (Garden Place, between Joralemon Street and State Street.)

18-year-old Jarrick Wiltshire and 17-year-old Daul Moultrie were charged with three counts of aggravated harassment.

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On Friday night, police arrested 26-year-old James Polite for scrawling anti-Semitic messages inside a Reform Jewish temple in Prospect Heights, and setting multiple fires outside Jewish Yeshivas and establishments in Williamsburg.

Messages written found at the Union Temple in Prospect Heights included “Kill all Jews”, “die Jew rats we are here,” “Hitler,” and “Jews better be ready”.

Polite was a volunteer on Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, worked for former New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn and other Democrats.

On Sunday, police on Long Island removed a swastika-defaced campaign sign in Stony Brook. That sign was for Perry Gershon, a Jew, who is running on the Democratic ticket in the 1st congressional district race against Republican Lee Zeldin.

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[HATE IN LONG BEACH, NY: Three Yeshiva Bochrim Shot With BB Gun]

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(Nat Golden – YWN)