Six Jewish teens were threatened by an armed group of males this weekend.
An NYPD representative told ILTUWS the incident took place at 7:20pm on Saturday near 86th and West End Avenue.
It was reported to police that six teens, aged 12-16, were approached by three male teens who said they wanted to fight them — and further stated that because they were Jewish — they wanted to “get them.”
The suspects — who police say had a knife, crowbar and sword — followed the teens toward their residence before fleeing.
There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident, and the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force was notified and are investigating.
My office was informed of a horrible anti-semitic attack targeting 8th & 9th grade boys at 85th & West End Ave yesterday evening, 4/2. Yes, on children. NYPD responded and we followed up w/ @NYPD20Pct, @NYPDHateCrimes and @JCRCNY. Anti-semitism is abhorrent & an attack on us all
— Gale A. Brewer (@galeabrewer) April 3, 2022
One Twitter user wrote that between this incident, the hateful message written on Miriam’s outdoor dining cafe, and the reportedly anti-Semitic crossing guard fired from her post on 79th Street, it’s beginning to feel unsafe for Jews.