BY THE VILLAGE SUN | The N.Y.P.D. Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating an incident in which a group of youths allegedly threw money at a man in Greenwich Village and made anti-Semitic remarks at him.
According to police, on Fri., Oct. 27, around 4:50 p.m., a 22-year-old man was walking in front of the Wendy’s hamburger place, at 20 E. 14th St., between Fifth Avenue and Union Square Park. Four younger males approached him from behind. One of them threw a quarter, striking the man. After the coin bounced off him and fell to the ground, one of them picked it up and threw it at the man a second time.
Anti-Semitic slurs were also uttered during the incident, police said.
The punks then fled on foot, heading westbound on 14th Street.
No injuries were reported.
A police spokesperson told The Village Sun she did not know, based on the information readily at hand, if the target of the youth’s harassment was identifiably Jewish, such as, for example, wearing a yarmulke.
As for the hateful remarks, a second police spokesperson said it was not known, based on the information the N.Y.P.D. Press Department had available, what exactly was said. He confirmed, though, that the comments were anti-Semitic.
The youths are being sought on a charge of — so far, at least — aggravated harassment. They are all around 5 feet 10 inches tall. One of them was seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red print on the front, along with a gray beanie. Another sported a black top with some sort of large white flowers or blobs on it. A third wore a blue baseball cap with a yellow logo on its front.
Police ask that anyone with information call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential. Tips leading to an arrest and indictment result in a reward of $3,500.