At a Brooklyn news conference announcing the arrest on Monday, Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell announced the arrest of a 14-year-old perpetrator who has been charged with hate crimes for spraying two Orthodox Jewish men in the face with a fire extinguisher and punching one of them in Brooklyn earlier this month.
During the conference, Sewell said the men were attacked because they are Jewish. “I’m thankful to report that the victims in these series of attacks are now recovering,” Sewell said. ” No one deserves to be the victim of such senseless hateful violence. No one.”
The teen is accused of targeting the two victims in a pair of anti-Semitic attacks just minutes apart on Aug. 21 as they headed to a Williamsburg prayer service, according to cops. The victims were dressed in traditional Hasidic garb at the time of the attacks.
After his arrest, the teen was charged with assault as a hate crime, assault, and aggravated harassment.
According to Inspector Andy Arias of the Hate Crimes Division, hate crime arrests skyrocketed by 103% this year across the Big Apple, with attacks on Jewish New Yorkers up by 43% compared to last year.