Men Charged with Anti-Semitic Hate Crime in Delaware County
Three suspects have been arrested in Delaware County for allegedly shouting anti-Semetic slurs at a man after stealing his fur hat.
Authorities say the incident happened Saturday morning on Main Street in the village of Fleischmanns.
A man reported he was walking when someone got out of a pickup truck and stole his shtreimel, a hat worn by some Jewish men.
According to New York State Police, the suspect returned to the vehicle, which was occupied by two other men. They allegedly yelled anti-Semitic slurs before driving away.
Investigators say 25-year-old Korey Bush of Ashland, 24-year-old Wesley Eignor Jr. of Denver, New York, and 21-year-old Johan Diamond of Grand Gorge have been arrested.
The three men have been charged with grand larceny as a hate crime. They were being held in Delaware County Jail on $5,000 bail.
Police say the shtreimel has been recovered.
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement on the incident. He said: "It is unacceptable for a Jewish man walking from a synagogue on Sabbath to be singled out, have his shtreimel ripped from his head and be verbally attacked because of his religion."
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