Teen charged with hate crime against Jewish man on his way to Williamsburg synagogue

A Staten Island teen was indicted on hate crime fees Wednesday after he allegedly attacked a Jewish man as he and his spouse walked to Shabbat companies at their Williamsburg synagogue earlier this year.

Just earlier than 8 pm on April 1, 18-year-old Logan Jones and 5 associates allegedly approached the sufferer, 21, and his spouse, close to Gerry Street and Harrison Avenue. Jones then punched the sufferer within the face, in accordance to the investigation, and joined two others in repeatedly kicking the sufferer, who tried to escape by sliding beneath a truck parked on the street.

Jones and the 5 others allegedly fled the scene, and the sufferer’s spouse requested a bystander to name the police. The sufferer — who was wearing conventional Hasidic attire when the assault occurred — suffered extreme head and physique ache, an abrasion to the cheek, in addition to bruising to the face and mouth, in accordance to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

“Without warning or provocation, this defendant allegedly assaulted an innocent man simply because of his Jewish faith,” District Attorney Eric Gonzalez mentioned in an announcement. “Crimes that target individuals because of their religion, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation are a threat to everything we stand for here in Brooklyn. We will now seek to hold the defendant accountable.”

Jones is charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime, third diploma assault, third-degree menacing as a hate crime, third-degree menacing, third-degree tried assault as a hate crime, third-degree tried assault, and second-degree harassment.

Bail was set at $30,000 and he’s due to return to court docket on June 24.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Katherine Gardzalla of the District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Bureau, below the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kelli Muse, bureau chief.

Year-to-date, there have been 142 reported and confirmed hate crimes citywide, in accordance to the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Dashboard. Of these, practically half, or 67 incidents, concerned victims of Jewish religion.

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