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September 4, 2012 3:53 pm

Two Men Attempt to Run Over Hasidic Jews in New York

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Brandon Morales (left) and Esai Diaz (right). Photo: Monticello Police.

Two men in upstate New York have been arrested and charged with crimes after they allegedly drove a vehicle into a crowd of Hasidic Jews standing outside a local bakery in Sullivan County.

“Go home, go back to your (expletive) Jews,” 20 year old Brandon Morales yelled, according to a report from the Times Herald-Record, before he and his accomplice Esai Diaz drove a Nissan Pathfinder towards the group of Hasids.

Minutes after the incident occurred, the two men returned to the scene, and Morales reportedly got out of the vehicle and punched one of the Hasidic men in the arm.  When he attempted to flee in the car with Diaz, the car stalled and the suspects fled on foot while being chased by the group of Hasids who were targeted.

Diaz was charged with felony reckless endangerment, while Morales was charged with felony aggravated harassment and another harassment violation.  According to the police, Diaz’s license has been suspended multiple times.

“Nobody was hit,” said Lt. Mark Johnstone of the Monticello police. “People did feel that Diaz deliberately drove at them.”

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