NYPD expects arrests in string of anti-Semitic encounters

NYPD expects arrests in string of anti-Semitic encounters

November 6, 2019

The NYPD expects to soon collar a group of young bullies who terrorized a handful of Orthodox Jews by chasing them on Borough Park streets with flashlights while screaming anti-Semitic language — and in one case, punching a man.

The bizarre string of events occurred late Friday night into early Saturday on the blocks around 48th Street and 53rd Street near New Utrecht Avenue, according to police.

“The Hate Crimes Task Force has been plugged in on this from the start,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said a crime stat briefing in East New York on Wednesday. The unit tweeted on Sunday it was aware of the incidents.

In one incident — a video of which was posted to Twitter — a car pulled up to two Hasidic men on 48th Street just after midnight Saturday, stopped and one of the passengers reached out and punched a 21-year-old in the back.

Surveillance video posted by Boro Park Shomrim also shows two other encounters where Orthodox Jews were chased by people holding flashlights.

Another video shows the group of kids in a car stop, get out, and chase after someone. Boro Park Shomrim claims the person was assaulted but police did not have an assault report.

Shea said anti-Semitic language was used and detectives believe the people in the group range in age from 15 to 20 years old.

“We had similar incidents a month ago and want to see if they are connected,” he said.

The NYPD has added patrols to the area and set up a temporary headquarters in Brooklyn, according to Chief of Department Terence Monahan.

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