Suspect Arrested in Firework Attack That Burned Jewish Woman at Manhattan Rally
New York police arrested a Staten Island man on Wednesday for throwing a firework at a Jewish woman from the back of a pickup truck, on a day that saw multiple violent attacks against Jews attending a pro-Israel rally.
The NYPD said 24-year-old Mohammad Othman of Staten Island was arrested for the May 20 incendiary attack, which left a 55-year-old Jewish woman with burns.
⚠️UPDATE: Arrested, Mohammed Othman, 24, of Staten Island, and charged for three separate anti-Semitic Hate Crime Assaults that occurred Thursday May 20th, at 37 W. 47th St, at 1604 Broadway, and at 36th St and 9th Ave, in Manhattan. https://t.co/KYgvmfl5RH pic.twitter.com/kQty8TTUD6
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Othman was arrested for two other antisemitic incidents from the same protest, and was charged with first-degree gang assault as a hate crime, third-degree assault as a hate crime and second-degree reckless endangerment as a hate crime. He has six prior arrests, according to the New York Post, including on domestic violence charges.
Footage of the firework attack showed a crowd of frightened people fleeing from the blast.