By Carol Tannenhauser
On Wednesday Morning, WSR received the following communication from the NYPD. They are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the individuals who allegedly perpetrated an anti-Semitic incident on April 2nd, near West 86th Street and West End Avenue:
The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in ascertaining the whereabouts of the three unidentified males who are seen in the attached photos and are sought in connection with menacing within the confines of the 20th Precinct. Details are as follows:
It was reported to police that on Saturday April 2, 2022 at approximately 1925 hours in the vicinity of West 86 Street and West End Avenue, three unidentified males approached the victims: a 12-year-old male; three 13-year-old males; a 15-year-old male; and a 16-year-old male. The unidentified males made anti-Jewish statements and Unidentified Male #1 menaced the victims with a sword. The unidentified males fled on foot. There were no injuries. The investigation by the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is ongoing.
Photos are attached. Unidentified Male #1 is seen in photo left.
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 on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.
Well, so much for assumptions.
That shirt is fairly distinctive. On the other hand, the kid’s parents doubtless raised him to be this way and so won’t turn him in. Perhaps a teacher will. He’s still young and can be helped.
You are right. The apples doesn’t fall far from the tree. It’s a pretty good photo. Someone has to know who this is. Could be a neighbor or a teacher.
Why is a parent allowing a child to carry a sword while walking in the street? Is this a foolish question?
Curious to know what happens when the kids are identified and brought in for questioning. Do the police ask where they got their beliefs? If it came from the parents, are the parents charged with being the cause of a hate crime? I don’t see how parents can’t be partially (if not fully) responsible and should be held accountable.
Kids of this age are influenced more by their peers than by their parents. General Schwarzkopf said he could get 10,000 troops to march into the Iraqi desert but couldn’t get his own son to brush his teeth.
We can’t start prosecuting people for beliefs. Actions, always. And parents can be held responsible sometimes and to a degree for the actions of their children.
Gracious, I’d have thought this was obvious….. So thanks for saying what needs to be said!
Would love to know the NYC legal answer for this as well (re parents bearing any culpability)
These are not neighborhood kids. These kids are roaming through the hood looking to see what they can pilfer (explains the backpack). Definitely troublemakers outside of the UWS. Most likely from the LES. Also, don’t be surprised if one of the three is Jewish himself. They knew what they were doing and who they were menacing. They’ll be nabbed by week’s end.
“These are not neighborhood kids. “. Ah, yes, the eternal “can’t be OUR folk/family/neighbors/religious group/etc.” self delusions.
Why would you suggest they are from the LES? And why couldn’t they be from the UWS? Tell us all your reasoning.
@UWSider, if they were from the area, they would have been recognized by now, especially by their peers and in an age of social media. One not being recognized okay, but all three?? They are well dressed too. My money is on all three being from downtown. Time will tell, but they will be caught (family is most likely ‘lawyering up’ before surrendering). Watch the sword end up being plastic and these kids getting slapped on the wrist. Will be interesting to see how this gets played out.
Don’t well-dressed kids live on the UWS too?
What a disgusting comment. It’s obvious that none of the kids are Jewish. NONE.
What are you talking about?? Did you pull down their pants to make sure? Or did you interview them and learn who their parents are? See what they do on Saturday morning? Your completely uninformed assertion is disgusting.
Are you suggesting that all circumcised individuals are jewish?!?!?!
You are all jumping to many conclusions about the accuracy of the underlying allegation, what actually happened, whether these kids did anything wrong, the ethnicity and religion of these kids.
These are simply allegations. Shameful that allegations are believed when they are only allegations and aspersions on these kids beliefs and their parents beliefs are made.
For the individuals that were so eager to racially profile the children that committed this crime as black feel disgusted with themselves .
It’s a reminder of how racially segregated and racist the Upper West Side truly is.
Re: “It’s a reminder of how racially segregated and racist the Upper West Side truly is.”
1. racially segregated? NO! It’s economically segregated, mainly by the cost of rent/owning an apartment here;
2. racist? In an area famed for its liberal and inclusive beliefs! Where’s your proof?
I think we can be confident they will learn nothing.
These look like local middle school kids. As we know, groups of middle schoolers have been known (since time immemorial) to get together and do profoundly stupid, unthinking, and harmful things on occasion. A little bit aimless, a little bit dangerous- or sometimes a lot dangerous, if that sword or knife or crowbar gets swung. Thank goodness no one was seriously injured. (I am thinking with sorrow of Tessa Majors). Not to suggest that this wasn’t serious, or that they shouldn’t face consequences for idiotic, outrageous, behavior that was racist, hateful, and extremely threatening. Just that – well, we need to own that our kids can sometimes do terrible things but that doesn’t make anyone involved a horrific criminal, nor this a horrific crime wave.
Well said. And yes, anti-semitic is really the only description.
Behavior that was “racist, hateful”? Why the reluctance to call it by its name: anti-Semitic?
These looks like children. It doesn’t excuse their behavior, it reflects on something about their upbringing.
I can’t believe how many baseless assumptions and assertions many of the commenters have made here. No wonder this country is off the rails when it comes to political discourse and racist attitudes. Shame on you, neighbors.
I hope when they are caught, they are prosecuted for a “hate crime.” If we aren’t safe on West End and 86th Street in broad daylight, we are not safe anywhere.These are difficult times and racists are emboldened. We must all do our part to stand up to this hate.
We’ve only heard one side of the story so far.