A guy who was assaulted in a supermarket in a suburb of Washington, D.C., claims his attacker made antisemitic slurs and received support from others who referenced the antisemitic superstar Kanye West.
According to the victim, he confronted some individuals throwing fruit and stealing doughnuts last week at a Giant supermarket in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
He reprimanded them, according to a press statement from the Montgomery County, Maryland, police.
The group noticed the victim, who police did not identify, was wearing a Star of David pendant when he removed his jacket to defend himself.
One man then attacked the victim while yelling antisemitic slurs, the victim told police.
According to a police charging document published in local media, the victim claimed police others in the group had shouted, “Yeah, do it for Kanye.”
West, now known as Ye, is a wealthy rapper and fashion designer who last year went on a public antisemitism rampage that exposed his prior support for Adolf Hitler.
His moniker has been adopted by trolls who advocate for extreme views.
The victim from Montgomery County was treated for non-life-threatening wounds. A man was reportedly detained by police at a McDonald’s in the area and was held without bail on suspicion of robbery and assault.
According to the police, they are considering whether to add charges for hate crimes.
In the meantime, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington has offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information that results in the capture and prosecution of those responsible for a number of recent antisemitic graffiti and vandalism events in Montgomery County.