On Wednesday, the NYPD announced the arrest of 24-year-old Mohammad Othman who was wanted in connection with a string of anti-Semitic incidents in late May in which the perpetrator also tossed an incendiary device that injured a woman in Midtown Manhattan.

Coincidentally, the arrest, made by the Hate Crimes Unit of the NYPD, came just a day after the department released its latest crime statistics that show anti-Semitic attacks on the rise in the city, up some 60 percent over 2020 with more than 110 incidents to date.

Source: NY1 (Photo courtesy NYPD)

According to the announcement of the arrest, Mohammed Othman, 24, of Staten Island, N.Y., was seen on video tossing the device from the back of a pickup truck on May 20 as it drove through the “Diamond District” on 47th Street, where many Jews work, particularly Orthodox Jews. 

The 55-year-old woman who was walking by at the time was burned in the attack. This incident came amidst a heightened rate of antisemitic assaults across the globe, in reaction to the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict that lasted for 14-days. 

Othman is being charged with three separate anti-Semitic hate-crime assaults, all of which occurred on the same day.

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