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- A man wearing a yarmulke was in Williamsburg around 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday when two women approached him, police say
- The women began yelling anti-Semitic threats at the man, and the man started recording them on his phone, the NYPD said
- One of the women then grabbed the man's phone, threw it to the ground and punched him in the throat, according to police
Two young women allegedly yelled anti-Semitic threats at a man wearing a yarmulke before one of them punched him in the throat, the NYPD said.
The man, whose age wasn’t immediately released, was near the intersection of Broadway and Gerry Street in Williamsburg around 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday when a 24-year-old woman and a 34-year-old woman approached him and yelled anti-Semitic threats at him, according to police.
When the man started recording the women, the 24-year-old woman grabbed his phone, threw it to the ground and punched him in the throat, the NYPD said.
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The women were taken into custody at Broadway and Rutledge Street, police said.
Police identified the 34-year-old woman as Jacinta Arugudo and said she is homeless. She has been charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime, third-degree robbery, third-degree assault and criminal mischief, according to police.
Police later release the 24-year-old woman and no charges were filed against her.
The man was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, the NYPD said.
The attack was the latest in a string of hate-crime assaults against Jewish people reported in the tri-state area. It came just hours before police were set to increase patrols in neighborhoods with large Jewish population.
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