STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A 27-year-old New Springville man faces multiple hate crime charges after allegedly attacking a pair of Jewish men, including a College of Staten Island (CSI) student, in Bay Ridge late last month.
Suleiman Othman, a resident of the 400 block of Klondike Avenue, faces charges of third-degree assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime, the NYPD said.
The incident occurred on the morning of Dec. 26, when Othman allegedly struck a 21-year-old victim waiting outside a Foot Locker store near 86th Street and 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, according to a written statement from the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information.
Police said Othman made an anti-Jewish statement before punching the victim in the face multiple times and fleeing the scene on foot.
The New York Post reported the suspect allegedly called a pair of men “dirty Jews” before striking one of the individuals wearing an Israel Defense Forces sweatshirt. In the wake of the attack, the victim, Blake Zavadsky, a CSI student, told the Post he has no plans to stop wearing the sweatshirt.
“You can’t be scared to walk outside and say you’re Jewish,” he said. “You have to be proud of who you are and stand up for what you believe — and not be intimidated.”
It was not immediately clear if Othman retained a lawyer as of Tuesday morning.