By COLlive reporter
A group of African American youths reportedly attacked a Yeshiva student at Eastern Parkway and Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights on Monday at 6:30 PM.
According to a report, the youngsters snatched the 13 year old Yeshiva student’s black fedora and yarmulka and fled with the religious Jewish items.
A passerby was quick to chase one of the youths and caught him until the arrival of police.
The youth caught is 14 years old, and was arrested for possible bias crime and grand larceny. He will be taken to family court.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Five boys aged 11 – 14 years old were arrested in the bus burning, but will not face hate crime charges, police said.
Many residents have expressed concern over what appears to be a rise in Anti-Semitic incidents. The NYPD and representatives from Mayor De Blasio’s office met recently to discuss the community’s concerns and the NYPD’s response.
The NYPD has said they will be increasing Police coverage and visibility in the Jewish area, as the weather is getting warmer.