Brooklyn Man Accused of Anti-Arab Taunts: NYPD

A Brooklyn man who allegedly harassed four others and called for "Arab blood" has been arrested on a charge of menacing as a hate crime.

Police arrested James Samways on the misdemeanor charge early Sunday in Brooklyn's Marine Park neighborhood.

The 40-year-old Samways, yelling obscenities, first trailed the men as they walked Saturday night, police said.

Samways then approached them with what appeared to be a silver handgun, police said, and yelled: "I want to see Arab blood in the streets. I am an Israeli. Go back to Mecca."

The men called 911. At least three of the four men are of Asian-Pacific descent, police said. No weapon was recovered.

Samways was in custody and unavailable to comment. A phone number listed to his Brooklyn address wasn't in service.  

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