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Photo Shows Sword-Wielding Teen Wanted in Manhattan Menacing Case: Cops

A half-dozen teenage boys were walking along an Upper West Side street Saturday night when three other teenage boys allegedly armed with a sword, crowbar and knife approached them

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Police shared new photos late Tuesday as they continue to search for three teens armed with a sword, knife and crowbar who allegedly told a half-dozen teens on a Manhattan sidewalk they wanted to "get them" because they were Jewish, police say.

They say they're specifically looking for the sword-wielding teenager in a possible menacing case and released a photo of him holding the weapon around the time of the 7:30 p.m. Saturday confrontation near West End Avenue and West 86th Street.

The NYPD confirmed Monday that the complaint had been filed in connection with Saturday's 7:30 p.m. confrontation near West End Avenue and West 86th Street.

According to the police report, the victimized teens, who range in age from 12 to 16, kept walking despite the threat -- and the three suspects followed them in the direction they were headed before eventually running off.

No injuries were reported.

NYC Council Member Gale Brewer, who represents the district serving the Upper West Side, condemned the "horrible anti-semitic attack targeting 8th and 9th grade boys" in a Facebook post Sunday and said her office followed up with the NYPD.

Calls to Brewer's office on the case earlier this week were not immediately returned.

One woman who responded to Brewer's Facebook post said she was the mother of one of the boys who was threatened. She called it "sickening that kids around his own age are walking around this neighborhood with knives and crowbars targeting Jews, taunting them to fight and on Shabbat no less" and asked for justice.

The NYPD says its Hate Crime Task Force is investigating. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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