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Teens Charged In Anti-Semitic Acts Against Synagogue, Hasidic Boy

November 08, 2018 - 6:36 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Two teenagers have been arrested after surveillance video showed them harassing a 14-year-old Hasidic boy and throwing a pipe through the window of a synagogue.

Police said the teens were seen knocking the hat off of the 14-year-old Hasidic boy in Bedford-Stuyvesant, pushing a 10-year-old girl to the ground and throwing a pipe through the window of a synagogue.

The acts happened over the course of 45 minutes, according to Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea.

On Thursday, Shea posted on Twitter to congratulate police on the arrests of the two 13-year-old boys.

“The power of  @NYPDDetectives force multiplied by 8.5 million New Yorkers. Unstoppable. No place for hate in NYC. Great job,” Shea wrote.

The NYPD said the teens’ acts were the latest in a “notable uptick” in hate crimes throughout the city. Both teens were charged with hate crimes. One will face fourth-degree criminal mischief charges and the other will face second-degree aggravated harassment.

Last week, a 26-year-old man was also arrested after scrawling anti-Semitic messages inside a Brooklyn synagogue.

Additionally, the NYPD’s Hate Crimes division is also searching for the suspect who vandalized the African American Burial Ground Memorial in Lower Manhattan.