Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ramapo paintball hate crime hearing set for Tuesday 

The three young people charged with a hate crime after a paintball assault on a Hasidic man remained in the county jail Friday ahead of a court hearing on Tuesday.

Shashi Ramsaroop, 23, Lindsey Peaks, 20, and Demetrius Latrell Torain, 19, were arrested late Wednesday and charged with felony assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment and other charges after what police described as a drive-by paintball shooting in the largely ultra-Orthodox Jewish village of Kaser.

The victim, Josef Margaretten, suffered minor injuries where the paint pellets struck and burned his abdomen.

Police said Ramsaroop shot the gun out the passenger window while accompanied by Peaks, his pregnant fiancée, and Torain.

One of them also shouted “(expletive) Jews,” according to the account given to Ramapo police by Margaretten and a witness, Shlomo Pinkasovits.

The three suspects are due in Ramapo Town Court at 11 a.m. Tuesday for a preliminary felony hearing.

A prosecutor must provide evidence to support holding them on bail.

If they are indicted by a grand jury, the case will be moved to City Court in New City.

None of the three were being represented by a lawyer or had posted bail as of late Friday afternoon.

Peaks and Torain were held in lieu of $25,000 each and Ramsaroop in lieu of $50,000.

Peaks and Ramsaroop said they had recently been living in North Carolina where Ramsaroop was working as a truck driver.

Both had previously lived in the area: Peaks has family in Spring Valley and Ramsaroop in Nanuet. Torain lives in Spring Valley.

The incident was condemned by community activists, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and local officials, including Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence.


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