BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn — Police are stepping up security in several Brooklyn neighborhoods after an increase in the number of possible anti-Semitic attacks within the past two weeks.
The most recent reported attack occurred early Friday morning. A woman slapped three other women near the corner of Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue.
Tiffany Harris, 30, was arrested and charged with harassment as a hate crime Friday. Court records show Harris was released without bail after her arraignment Saturday on attempted assault and lower-level charges. Her lawyer declined to comment.
During a press conference Friday, the NYPD acknowledged the “very alarming” uptick in incidents since Dec. 13.
At least eight have been reported prior to the Wednesday attack.
“Whether it’s one or eight, I would argue that one is too much,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.
NYPD said they have increased a number of police presence in predominantly-Jewish neighborhoods, including Borough Park, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Williamsburg.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, 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).