BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Police have made arrests of two women who pulled down “KIDNAPPED” posters on the Upper West Side and then allegedly assaulted a Jewish woman who was filming them.
Mehwish Omer, 26, of the Manhattan Valley section of the Upper West Side, was charged with hate crime/assault and hate crime/criminal mischief.
Her sidekick, Stephanie Gonzalez, 25, of Yonkers was charged with attempted robbery and hate crime/assault.
According to police, on Thurs., Nov. 9, around 9:55 p.m., at the corner of Riverside Drive and W. 82nd Street, a 41-year-old woman spotted Omer and Gonzalez coldly removing Israeli hostages posters from a streetlight pole. She verbally confronted the two younger women while recording them on her cell phone. The two poster rippers then physically assaulted the victim, forcibly ripping off her Star of David from around her neck, police said. They also knocked the victim’s cell phone out of her hand and onto the ground, causing damage to it, before running off.
The victim suffered minor injuries to her face and neck but refused further medical attention at the scene. The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.