Police said today a man was taken into custody, with help from the US Marshal Service, as one of the main suspects who allegedly assaulted several Jewish men on Tuesday outside a restaurant in Beverly Grove in Los Angeles.
The suspect – whose name has not been released – was taken into custody around 10:15 p.m. Friday at a house outside Los Angeles and was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Angeles. The ministry requested that his bond be increased due to the hate crime.
The man is believed to be one of the main suspects in the assault and beating of several Jewish guests who were allegedly targeted by a pro-Palestinian group on Tuesday evening, hours after a large protest for human rights. Palestinians amid the violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. . The victims were confronted shortly before 10 p.m. outside Sushi Fumi in the 300 block of North La Cienega Boulevard. Police said a minor injury had been reported.
Mayor Eric Garcetti called the crime “ organized and anti-Semitic attack. “ Jewish Angelenos, like all locals, should always feel safe in our city … LA is a city of belonging, not hate. There is simply no room for anti-Semitism, discrimination or prejudice of any kind in Los Angeles. And we will never tolerate bigotry and violence in our communities, ” he said in a Twitter post.
City Councilor Paul Koretz said the restaurant incident was one of two attacks on Jewish victims over a 24-hour period.
“ Last night, members of a caravan of pro-Palestinian protesters targeted innocent Jewish diners in a vicious attack while sitting outside a sushi restaurant, and a separate attempt was made by two drivers to run over a Jewish man who had to flee. for his life. Both incidents were captured on video. These were anti-Semitic hate crimes which are unacceptable â,Koretz said in a statement released Wednesday morning.
“These violent acts will not go unchecked. We will do whatever is necessary to bring these criminals to justice and restore order to the streets of our city. Late last night after being briefed at the Wilshire Division by the LAPD I visited the restaurant where the attack took place and met a young man who witnessed all of the tragedy. ” he said. âI pledged to him to work diligently to deploy more resources in the region and bring justice to the victims who were brutally beaten. I intend to keep my promise to this young man and our entire community. ”
A cellphone video showed a group of men getting out of a car and starting to attack diners while shouting racist slurs. One of the guests, who is not Jewish, told CBSLA that a caravan waving pro-Palestinian flags approached and then started throwing bottles at him and the group he was dining with. The man said he was a photographer and the group was meeting at the restaurant to plan a wedding.
The attackers were described only as men dressed in black. The restaurant was apparently not damaged, police said. The local office of the Council on American Islamic Relations released the following statement on Wednesday:
“ As a civil rights and human rights organization, we support the right of everyone to freedom of expression, the right to assemble and assemble in support of their respective political views. “ However, despite the heightened tensions in Palestine and Israel, it is never acceptable for this conflict to spill over into our streets and cities. Violence and intimidation must be condemned, investigated and, if justified, prosecuted. ”
The Anti-Defamation League announced a reward of $ 5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person (s) responsible for the assault on the guests. Police were reviewing a security video taped Monday evening that appears to show an Orthodox Jewish man being chased by a caravan of people waving Palestinian flags near Rosewood and La Brea avenues, CBSLA reported. The man escaped and was not injured. LAPD’s Wilshire station urged anyone with information about the restaurant assault to call them at 213-922-8230 or Crime Stoppers at 800- 222-8477.