Two ladies have been slapped with hate crime fees for allegedly attacking a Jewish person who confronted them on the Upper West Side for tearing down posters of Israelis kidnapped by Hamas, cops mentioned Monday.
Mehwish Omer, 26, surrendered to police Monday morning and was charged with assault and felony mischief — each as hate crimes — in connection to the assault on the 41-year-old lady on the nook of Riverside Drive and West 82nd Street simply earlier than 10 p.m. Nov. 9, authorities mentioned.
Her alleged confederate, Stephanie Gonzalez, 25, was cuffed per week earlier and likewise faces a hate crime assault rap, in addition to an tried theft cost, cops mentioned.
The duo allegedly assaulted the sufferer — ripping off her Star of David necklace and knocking a cellphone out of her hand — after she challenged them for ripping the “Missing Persons” posters from a lightweight pole on the intersection, in keeping with police.
The sufferer exchanged phrases with the 2 strangers as she recorded the encounter on her cellphone, police mentioned.
The suspects ran off after the assault. The sufferer suffered minor accidents to her face and neck for which she declined medical consideration, and her cellphone was broken, cops mentioned.
Neither Omer, of Manhattan Valley, nor Gonzalez, of Yonkers, have prior arrests, the NYPD mentioned.
Omer was arraigned at Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday night time the place her lawyer mentioned an trade of phrases could have sparked the altercation.
“I see sufficient fights in a day and other people say issues simply to rattle different folks,” the lawyer, Lee Koch, mentioned.
The assault is only one instance of antisemitic suspects tearing down or vandalizing hostage posters which were plastered throughout the 5 boroughs since Hamas’ monstrous shock Oct. 7 assault on the Jewish state.
Mayor Eric Adams has described the disturbing incidents as a “deeply misguided act of disrespect to victims of terrorism.”
“As we see the fallout from this violence spill over into New York City, we should reiterate that hate has completely no place right here,” he mentioned.
Charlotte Wimer, who makes use of he/him pronouns, and Gray Segal, each 18, were arrested earlier this month after they had been caught ripping down the posters on show exterior a personal property in Gramercy Park, cops mentioned.
Other offenders embody an NYU student who lost her job supply over the scandal, a Brooklyn man who was arrested after getting into a caught-on-video scuffle with folks attempting to cease him, and a public defender who bought to maintain her job after apologizing for her brazen actions.