By COLlive reporter
One, two and now three.
The New York Police Departement has arrested Joshua Peters, 20, identified as the third man suspected of mercilessly attacking 2 Jewish men in Crown Heights early Wednesday morning.
Peters, Nazar Walters, 18, Teshon Bannister, 21, were arraigned in a Brooklyn court Friday and face robbery and assault as hate crime charges in connection with two separate attacks.
The attack, caught on surveillance camera, showed them knocking down a 51-year-old Chassidic man to the ground and then punching and kicking him. They said nothing, but punched the victim in the face and body, leaving him with cuts and bruises, officials said.
Minutes earlier, Mendel, a 22-year-old Yeshiva student from Australia, was attacked half a block away, the New York Post reported. Police believe the two assaults are linked.
“We allege that this senseless and violent attack was motivated by bias and are determined to hold the defendants accountable,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement. “We must all stand up against the proliferation of hate crimes and work with all communities to promote tolerance and unity.”
Police said anti-Semitic attacks have been on the rise in New York City. There were 189 anti-Semitic crimes in 2018 up from 154 in 2017, according to the NYPD.
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SHOCKING: Two Jewish men were viciously assaulted Wednesday in two separate attacks just after 1 am, one knocked to the ground and kicked and punched repeatedly. . . Surveillance footage from one of the attacks shows a group of 3 black teenagers approached the victims, punching and knocking him over, then continuing to kick and punch the Jewish victim as he lay on the floor. —— Read more about the horrific attack on COLlive.com or SWIPE UP in our Stories