A Brooklyn man was arrested on hate crime charges Saturday night after he allegedly followed a group of four Arab men and threatened them. James Samways, 40, approached the men near the corner of East 33rd Street and Avenue S in Marine Park around 9:30 p.m. and allegedly yelled at them: "I want to see Arab blood in the streets!"

Samways, who resides in Coney Island, was brandishing what his victims said was a silver pistol. They say Samways followed them when they walked away, waving the gun and shouting, "I am an Israeli! Go back to Mecca!"

Police later canvassed the neighborhood and found Samways, who was unarmed at the time of his arrest. (The Daily News reports that Samways is a UPS worker and custodian.) He was charged with menacing as a hate crime, a police spokesman said.