Another Muslim man has committed Jihad against a Jewish American man in Crown Heights. Law enforcement officials are investigating whether the crime should be considered a hate crime.
On Friday, a man roaming the streets in Crown Heights without a shirt and wielding a four-inch knife in his hand was seen yelling “Allah Akbar!” at a Lubavitcher Chusid.
Police say 25-year-old Naquan Smith, who has a criminal history with 10 prior arrests in New York City, was the person identified as the assailant in front of 899 Montgomery Street with the knife in his hand on Friday afternoon.
Schneer Goldstein was at the intersection of Montgomery Street and Schenectady Avenue when he observed Smith with the knife in hand. Goldstein called 911 and Crown Heights shomrim. While waiting for their arrival, the anti-crime team from the 67th Precinct passed by, Goldstein flagged them down, and they held down Smith.
Shomrim member Natan Shusterman arrived on the scene and recovered the knife, a law enforcement official said. Smith was then placed under arrest by responding police officer Michael Mercado from the 71st Precinct, and Smith was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.
With the exception of a few conservative publications like ours, the media has been completely silent about the knife attack of an innocent Jewish man.
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) April 6, 2016
The Hate Crime Unit from the Brooklyn district attorney’s office is now further investigating the incident to determine if Smith should face hate crime charges.