Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg last week announced that the man who stalked a group of Jewish men through Times Square in mid-October and assaulted one of them would be charged with hate crimes, The Hill reported.
The District Attorney’s Office announced In a December 5 press release that Yehia Amin, 28, had been charged with two counts of first-degree stalking as a hate crime, two counts of third-degree stalking as a hate crime, and one count of second-degree aggravated harassment.
According to the press release, Amin allegedly stalked a 23-year-old Israeli tourist and his four friends as they were walking through Times Square on October 18. The victim and his friends were all wearing kippahs at the time.
Amin followed after the group, playing “Hamas music” over a Bluetooth speaker while threatening them with antisemitic remarks like, “Hamas should kill more of you,” “All Jews should die,” and “May Allah kill all the Jews,” according to court documents.
The men reported Amin’s harassment to a nearby security guard, but Amin continued to stalk the group and make threatening statements like, “I want to kill you for Gaza.”
Ten minutes later, as the group of men was walking to the train station, Amin sprinted up to one of them and punched the back of his head. As Amin fled the scene, the men chased after him and were quickly joined by a police officer who caught up with Amin and arrested him.
Even after he was taken into custody, Amin continued to make antisemitic statements, according to court records.
In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau has seen a 60 percent increase in hate crime investigations since the October 7 terrorist attack in Israel compared to the same period last year, the vast majority of the hate crimes targeted members of the Jewish community.