Early Monday morning, May 8, Sam Levy reached out to the Queens Jewish Link with a welcomed update in his ongoing case stemming from a February 19 anti-Semitic attack. “The DA’s office called me yesterday, alerting me that on Saturday, they arrested another attacker who committed the hate crime against me.” Levy expressed immense appreciation to our publication for our extensive ongoing reporting in his case.
The following was released by the DA later on Monday, May 8:
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that a second individual, a 17-year-old male, has been charged with assault as a hate crime for an attack in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The defendant, along with others, repeatedly kicked a Jewish man, knocking him to the ground and taking his money, his credit cards, his phone, and other personal items.
District Attorney Katz said: “Unprovoked attacks on Queens residents, especially ones motivated by hate, will not be tolerated. This defendant will now be held accountable for this alleged anti-Semitic attack.”
The defendant, of Ithaca Street in Elmhurst, has been arraigned on a 14-count complaint, charging him with assault in the second degree as a hate crime; two counts of robbery in the second degree; assault in the second degree; assault in the third degree as a hate crime; two counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree; criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree; assault in the third degree; criminal mischief in the fourth degree; petit larceny; criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree; identity theft in the third degree; and unlawful possession of personal identification information in the third degree.