Staten Island teen indicted for assault as hate crime for attacking Jewish man

June 3, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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A Staten Island teen was arraigned Thursday and charged with third-degree menacing, third-degree attempted assault as a hate crime, third-degree attempted assault and second-degree harassment.

Logan Jones, 18, of Staten Island, approached his victim in Williamsburg on April 1, 2022, at approximately 7:55p.m. on 58 Gerry Street, where Jones and a group of five individuals additionally approached the victim, 21, and allegedly repeatedly kicked the man to the ground as he tried to escape and get cover underneath a truck parked in the street. 

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun presided over Jones’ arraignment, his bail was set at $30,000 and he is ordered to return to court, June 24, 2022. 

According to the investigation, the defendant and the five other individuals allegedly fled the scene after the victim’s wife asked a bystander to call 911. The victim suffered severe head and body pain, an abrasion to the cheek, as well as bruising to the face and mouth.

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The victim was walking to a synagogue and wearing traditional Hasidic attire when the attack occurred.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese

District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said, “Without warning or provocation, this defendant allegedly assaulted an innocent man simply because of his Jewish faith. Crimes that target individuals because of their religion, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation are a threat to everything we stand for here in Brooklyn. We will now seek to hold the defendant accountable.”

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Katherine Gardzalla of the District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kelli M. Muse, Chief of the Hate Crimes Bureau.

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