BORO PARK/KENSINGTON – The person who cops suspect threw eggs both at a synagogue and at a woman over the weekend, a hate crime, has been arrested.
On Saturday, November 3 at around 6:05 p.m., a teenager threw an egg in the direction of a 38-year-old woman on 38th Street between 14th and 15th Avenues. The woman was not hit by the egg and the teenager ran.
Then, at around 6:15 p.m., the same teenager threw an egg at Sanz Synagogue, located at 369 Dahill Road. The door was open and the egg struck a wall inside the synagogue. No one was struck by the egg, and the teenager, along with a few others, ran.
Today, 18-year-old Mohib Hoque was arrested and charged in regard to the first two incidents described above. The Kensington resident is being charged with three counts of hate crime assault, three counts of hate crime aggravated harassment, three counts of hate crime harassment, and hate crime and reckless endangerment.
“I am thankful for the swift work of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force in apprehending a suspect in last weekend’s anti-Semitic egg attacks,” Council Member Chaim Deutsch said. “We are sending a clear message that hatred and bias of any kind will not be tolerated in New York City. No stone will be left unturned in the pursuit of the perpetrators. I will continue to partner with my colleagues to push for harsher penalties in these cases.”
“Boro Park Shomrim, as well as Councilman Kalman Yeger and Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein, and other community leaders deserve enormous credit for their vigilance and persistence as we face a rise in hate crimes here in NYC, and specifically in Boro Park.”
“I am committed to continuing to fight for the resources we need to combat hate, including education in schools, additional police coverage, and aggressive penalties.”
Additionally, on Sunday, November 10 at around 4:15 p.m., three unknown males approached a 50-year-old woman from behind as she was walking on 38th street near 15th Avenue. One of the men threw an egg at her back. After striking her they all ran. According to the NYPD, nothing was said to the woman and she refused medical attention. Cops are still looking for the suspects in this incident.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.