A 15-year-old has been arrested for attacking an Orthodox Jewish tourist on a Brooklyn subway platform. Police say that the incident happened on Monday around 3:45 p.m. at the Marcy Avenue subway station in Williamsburg. Three teens allegedly tried to pickpocket the 53-year-old tourist from Israel, whom the Post identifies as Haim Ovanounou.
When Ovanounou realized what was happening, one of the teens allegedly called him a "dirty bloody Jew" and spat in his face. Then that teen grabbed his umbrella, hit him in the head, and ran away. "He started to curse me, and a piece of the umbrella became like a knife," Ovanounou told ABC.
Ovanounou gave chase, but the two other teens knocked him down and kicked him repeatedly while shouting taunts like “f-king dirty Jew." A witness tried to intervene and was also attacked by the teens.
The teen who has been arrested, whose name is being withheld, has been charged with assault as a hate crime. According to JPUpdates, he confessed to police and told them, "He looked at me, so I got upset and attacked him."