New York police are looking for three teenagers who they believe hurled anti-Semitic statements at six Jewish children while threatening them with a sword, crowbar and knife, the New York Daily News reported.
The incident happened around 7:25 p.m. Saturday near West End Ave. and West 86th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the New York Police Department Crime Stoppers noted in a tweet.
The group of Jewish boys – comprising a twelve-year-old boy, three thirteen-year-olds, a fifteen-year-old and a sixteen-year-old – were walking when the trio of suspects, pictured below, allegedly approached them. , Pix 11 reported.
WANTED for MENACANT: 04/02/22 at 7:25 p.m. @NYPD20PCT @NYPDHateCrimes near West 86 St & West End Ave, unidentified individuals approached four victims making anti-Jewish statements while showing a sword. ANY information call us @ 800-577-TIPS or DM NYPDTips Reward up to $3500 pic.twitter.com/KFa31wDlBH
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) April 6, 2022
“You are Jewish, we will come and get you. We fight dirty. We don’t fight properly,” one of the teenagers allegedly said, according to the Daily News.
Police say the sword-wielding suspect lunged at the Jewish boys, but luckily didn’t hit any of them, according to the Daily News.
No one was injured in the incident and the suspects have left the scene, Pix 11 noted. The incident is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force.
The incident came just a day after police said a group of six assaulted a 21-year-old Hasidic man in an unprovoked attack Friday in Brooklyn, Pix11 reported.
At approximately 7:55 p.m., the 21-year-old victim was walking along Gerry Street near Harrison Avenue when the suspects approached him before punching and kicking him to the ground in an unarmed attack. provoked, authorities said. The group fled, leaving the victim slightly injured in the mouth. It was processed by EMS.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is also investigating the Brooklyn attack.
The incidents come as hate crimes have seen a shocking rise since Democratic Mayor Eric Adams took office. From the time Adams was sworn in from Jan. 1 to April 3, NYPD crime statistics tallied 140 hate crimes, a 57.3% jump from the same time last year, which had 140 hate crimes. saw 89.