Latest update: September 6th, 2012
Customers at a Hasidic bakeryat the Fialkoff bungalow colony in Monticello, New York, were accosted by two men on Sunday who yelled ethnic slurs at the them and attempted to run them over with their car. The men, Esai Diaz, 21 and Brandon Morales, 20, finally punched a man in the face before being arrest by local police.
Diaz tried to hit people in the bakery parking lot, while Morales yelled “Go home; go back to your (expletive), Jews,” witnesses said, according to a report in the local Times-Herald Record.
The suspects conducted a first attack, left, and came back to further accost the customers. Yet when the suspects tried to escape in their vehicle, the car would not start. They attempted to flee on foot, but were chased by bakery patrons.
Diaz has been charged with reckless endangerment, a felony, and aggravated unlicensed operation, Morales was charged with aggravated harassment, a felony, and harassment.
The pair was arraigned by Monticello Justice Josephine Finn, who set bail at $2,500. They were placed in custody at the Sullivan County Jail.
About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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