2 arrested, charged in antisemitic harassment in Brooklyn: NYPD

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BROOKLYN — Two men were arrested Monday in connection to a report of two Jewish teens assaulted in Brooklyn Saturday evening by a group of people who demanded the victims yell antisemitic statements, police confirmed.

The 17-year-old and 18-year-old victims were walking on Ocean Avenue, near Albemarle Road, around 7:45 p.m. when they were surrounded by a mob of people, according to authorities.

The suspects demanded the victims chant and yell antisemitic statements and then beat them when they refused, police said. The teens were repeatedly punched in the head and one of the suspects put the 17-year-old in a chokehold, according to police.

The suspects then chased the teens with a bat but the victims got away. They reported the incident to police and were treated for injuries at the 66th Precinct, according to the NYPD.

Former state Assemblyman Dov Hikind said the group demanded the victims chant “free Palestine” before the assault. He said a Muslim Uber driver saw the attack and drove the teens to safety.

The suspects took off in a blue Toyota Camry that was later seen near the Agudath Israel of Sixteenth Avenue synagogue in Borough Park, police said.

The occupants of the Camry yelled anti-Israel and antisemitic statements at worshippers before driving off, according to police.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force launched an investigation.

On Wednesday, Ashan Azad, 19, and Haider A. Anjam, 20, were taken into custody. Both were charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime, while Anjam was charged with menacing. The NYPD Hate Crimes task force confirmed the arrest on Twitter.

Mayor Bill de Blasio also praised the officer involved in the arrest for their work.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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