WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — Anti-Semitic attacks continue in New York despite an uptick in police presence in Jewish neighborhoods in the wake of recent attacks in Jersey City and Monsey.
A 21-year-old man recorded two women verbally harassing him with anti-Semitic slurs in Williamsburg on Wednesday afternoon, police said. One of the woman allegedly grabbed the man’s phone, threw it to the ground and punched the man in the throat.
They were taken into custody a short distance away at Broadway and Lorimer Streets, officials said. Police charged Arugudo Jacinte with assault, robbery, harassment and criminal mischief. Charges have not yet been filed against the 24-year-old woman taken into custody.
On Tuesday, a man yelled anti-Semitic slurs at a 66-year-old Hasidic man as he walked in Williamsburg, less than a mile from the Wednesday attack.
Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the Wednesday attack and noted the Hate Crimes Task Force was handling the investigation.
“People MUST be able to walk their own neighborhoods free from fear,” he tweeted. “NYPD has enhanced patrol presence in Jewish communities. Starting tonight, additional officers from the Strategic Response Group, the same highly trained unit that helped keep New Yorkers safe in Times Square last night, will be on the streets.”
State police presence is also being increased in Jewish neighborhoods around the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
“Hours into the new year and we already have another attack on our Jewish community,” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said. “We must and will speak out on every single incident to shine a light on this hatred. And we must do more to protect our fellow New Yorkers.”