A Jewish security volunteer who accused a knife-wielding, poster-ripping lady of attacking him in Brooklyn last month has since been charged with punching her within the arm and calling her a terrorist throughout the identical incident, The Post has realized.
Mark Pomerantz, a Shmira Public Safety volunteer, mentioned he confronted the lady — Melissa Ugur, 20 — as she sliced up Israeli hostage posters on Nov. 4 in Midwood and requested why she was destroying the indicators.
That’s when Ugur allegedly exploded right into a storm of antisemitic vitriol, and unleashed pepper spray within the 52-year-old father of three’s face, he informed The Post.
She was arrested and charged with assault, menacing and felony possession of a weapon.
But the story didn’t finish there.
Pomerantz himself was arrested on Nov. 15 on allegations he screamed at Ugur that she was a terrorist, then crossed the road and punched her within the arm, in response to the grievance towards him.
He denied the fees, telling The Post it was “positively a false declare.”
“I stored my palms to myself,” he mentioned Monday, noting that authorities arrested him two weeks after the preliminary incident.
“The solely factor I did do was put my hand up whereas she was pepper spraying me to dam her from pepper spraying me, however I by no means touched her,” he mentioned.
“She maced me, however I acquired her mace,” Pomerantz continued. “I may have maced her again, and realizing I might have gotten locked up for this, chances are high I might have beat the residing daylights out of her for self-defense.”
Pomerantz was collared on a cross grievance primarily based off Ugur’s statements, regulation enforcement sources mentioned.
Her protection legal professional, Caner Demirayak, mentioned Ugur feels vindicated to a point in gentle of Pomerantz’s arrest.
“She had been constant all alongside that Pomerantz attacked her,” Demirayak informed The Post Monday.
He mentioned that Pomerantz allegedly known as his consumer a terrorist and mentioned she didn’t should dwell.
“We have two witnesses to substantiate that Pomerantz assaulted her, which have been offered to the prosecutor,” Demirayak mentioned. “Pomerantz punched Melissa Ugur, and he or she pepper-sprayed in response. He didn’t merely put his hand up.”
The combat occurred as hate crimes towards Jewish New Yorkers skyrocket within the wake of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, with a whopping 214% surge in antisemitic incidents in October, the NYPD mentioned final month.
Days after the altercation, Pomerantz informed The Post that Ugur denied Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault ever occurred, then seethed, “I’ll kill you, Jews,” earlier than she went off on him close to the nook of East twenty second Street and Avenue N in Midwood.
“As she was reducing the papers, she mentioned, ‘Oh, and also you’re a Jew?’” he recounted in a telephone interview. “She mentioned, ‘See how I’m slicing these papers? That’s how I’ll slice up all you Jews and kill you.’”
After flinging some extra antisemitic slurs, she pulled out a can of pepper spray and unleashed it on him, Pomerantz mentioned.
“She sprayed me for completely no motive,” he added on Monday. “I didn’t say something derogatory … I by no means mentioned something about her nation, her beliefs or something like that. At the time when this all befell, I believed she regarded like a minor.”
When requested why he thinks he discovered himself in bracelets, Pomerantz implied it was as a result of the arresting officer, Yosef M. Aisaa, was Muslim.
“I by no means thought I’d get locked up as a result of I do know I by no means touched her,” Pomerantz mentioned Monday. “None of that occurred. None of that kind.”
“[The detective] is a Muslim,” he continued. “I don’t know if there’s any connection, whether or not she knew somebody on the within or within the police division … it’s fairly humorous how the detective that locked me up is a Muslim detective.”
Police sources ripped Pomerantz’s claims as baseless, and mentioned his arrest had nothing to do with the officer’s faith.
Pomerantz — who the sources mentioned has one earlier arrest for a home dispute from February 2018 — was charged with third diploma assault, menacing, tried assault and harassment for his actions that day, in response to the grievance.
He was launched with out bail at his Brooklyn Criminal Court arraignment and is due again in courtroom Jan. 25.
Ugur was additionally freed with out bail and her subsequent courtroom date is Jan. 18. This was her first arrest, sources mentioned.
Her legal professional mentioned he believed the fees towards her can be “disposed of favorably,” however added, “We don’t have any expectations nonetheless and no guarantees have been made.”
“The proof obtainable made this apparent, and required the NYPD to behave,” Demirayak continued. “However, we’re disillusioned on the leap to put all of the blame on her instantly.”
Additional reporting by Joe Marino and Amanda Woods