FLEISCHMANNS, N.Y. – Three men are accused of committing a hate crime in Delaware County after allegedly harassing a Jewish man and stealing his fur hat, which is called a shtreimel.
According to New York State Police, a Jewish man was walking along Main Street in the village of Fleischmanns on July 24 when one of the suspects allegedly got out of a pickup truck and took the man's shtreimel.
The suspect returned to the truck and police say he and his two passengers started yelling anti-Semitic slurs at the victim before driving off.
Between July 25 and 26, the following suspects were arrested and charged with third-degree grand larceny as a hate crime, a C felony:
- Johan P. Diamond, 21, of Grand Gorge, N.Y.
- Korey O. Bush, 25, of Ashland, N.Y.
- Wesley R. Eignor Jr., 24, of Denver, N.Y.
Police were able to get the shtreimel back and return it to the owner.
All three suspects are in the Delaware County jail on $5,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent out the following statement Tuesday regarding these arrests:
"I'd like to commend the New York State Police on a prompt, successful investigation following a disturbing anti-Semitic hate crime that took place in Delaware County. It is unacceptable for a Jewish man walking from a synagogue on Sabbath to be singled out, have his shtreimel ripped from his head and be verbally attacked because of his religion.
"This is New York, one of the most diverse collection of people from around the globe, and we will continue to stand together, united in our commonalities, and call out these vile incidents of hate whenever they occur. We will use every tool at our disposable to weed this hatred out of our state and ensure that love will always win."