Livery Driver Arrested for Trying to Start Holy War: Prosecutors

By Greg Cergol
|  Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010  |  Updated 8:55 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Horrifying, hand written notes have been left over <a title=Nassau County. The author was apparently trying to fuel animosity between Jews and Muslims.Greg Cergol tells us how the cops got their suspect." />

Horrifying, hand written notes have been left over Nassau County. The author was apparently trying to fuel animosity between Jews and Muslims.Greg Cergol tells us how the cops got their suspect.

advertisement

He was trying to create a little West Bank on Long Island, prosecutors say.

A former Brooklyn car service driver is accused of writing threatening, anti-Jewish notes on torn up vouchers and dropping them around Long Island -- and, according to the Nassau County District Attorney's office, Demetrios Apolonides' motive for allegedly dropping "Kill the Jews" notes was to create strife between Muslims and Jews.

Apolonides, a married father of one living in Brooklyn, believed that Muslims would be blamed and tensions would escalate, a prosecutor said. It was unclear why exactly he may have wanted to create such a hostile atmosphere.

Apolonides has pleaded not guilty through his attorney but will be back in court this afternoon. He is charged with dropping the notes at least nine times in Nassau county between Sept. 2009 and March 2010.

Longtime Rockville Centre resident Gerald Aronowitz, 67, found one of the notes on his front lawn.

"It disturbed us," he said.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Follow us on Instagram!
We post photos taken by our news... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out