Wednesday, June 10, 2015
A 23-year-old man, who assaulted two Orthodox Jewish men in a 24-hour period in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn last month, has been arrested and charged with bias charges, NYPD officials told JP.
The incidents occurred on Friday May 22nd, 2015, when the suspect, identified as Shadi Rabah, assaulted two Hasidic men walking on the street, according to the police. In both incidents Rabah came from behind and assaulted them without being noticed.
In the first incident, Rabah accrued approached a 20-year-old Hasidic man at 86 street and 19th Avenue, assaulted him and fled the scene. A short while later he assaulted a 57-year-old male at 86th street and Bay Parkway.
Police in the 62nd Precinct launched an investigation, learning that both assaults may be connected. The Hate Crimes Task Force was then asked to join the investigation.
After reviewing nearby surveillance video of the first incident, HCTF detectives were able to identify Rabah, a resident of the Bensonhurst neighborhood in Brook-lyn, as the suspect.
Last Thursday, June 4, Rabah was taken into custody. After questioning, he con-fessed in assaulting the 57-year-old man.
Rabah was charged with two counts of assault as a hate crime.
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