Sunday, December 03, 2017
An anti-semitic maniac busted into a Jewish assisted-living facility in the Bronx and threatened to rob and kill an 84-year-old man — who fought back against an attack, police said Sunday.
Alen Califano, 41, broke into University Avenue Assisted Living on University Ave. near W. 192nd St. in the West Bronx around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Puffing on a joint, he bolted up to the fourth floor, where he wrecked property in one room before moving to another, where he found the victim, cops said.
“Give me your money,” Califano ordered, according to police.
When the victim refused, the rebuffed would-be thief told him, “I will kill you, you f---ing Jew.”
Califano then hit the elderly man with a cardboard tube, cutting his mouth and forehead. Then he picked up a fire extinguisher and threw it at the octogenarian, who blocked it.
On his way out, Califano was met by cops in the lobby. They cuffed him and charged him with attempted robbery, assault as a hate crime, burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of marijuana, police said. Califano has about 10 prior arrests, including charges of assault, menacing and criminal mischief.
The home’s owners said a security guard was fired for allowing Califano to reach the fourth floor.
“This isolated incident is the result of an unacceptable breach of protocol committed by a guard employed by the private firm contracted to provide security at this assisted-living facility. The guard was fired immediately,” Leslie Hoot, the director of University Avenue Assisted Living, told the Daily News.
“We are all relieved that our resident — a wonderful, kind and gentle man — did not sustain serious injury. We are providing him with comfort, counseling and excellent quality care.”
There were 143 anti-Semitic hate crimes citywide through Nov. 25, a nearly 29% jump from the same period for 2016 when there were 111. This year’s anti-Jewish crimes comprised 43% of the city’s overall 332 hate crimes, according to NYPD statistics.
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