A Brooklyn man has been convicted of randomly attacking a rabbi as he was leaving synagogue, shouting anti-Semitic slurs while he strangled the helpless man.
James Vincent, 44, attacked Rabbi Menachem Moskowitz, 52, after the Jewish man gave a friendly wave on April 21, 2018, near Rutland Road and E. 46th St. in East Flatbush.
“You f–king Jew, you Jews took my house and mortgage,” he yelled at Moskowitz as they passed each other.
Moskowitz kept walking, but Vincent ran up from behind and began to choke and punch him.
A few onlookers stopped the attack. Moskowitz picked up his yarmulke as Vincent ran off. He suffered a black eye and fractured ribs.
Cops were able to identify Vincent using video surveillance that captured him using a credit card to buy ice cream before the assault.
He was arrested six days after the attack.
A jury found Vincent guilty in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Wednesday of strangulation and assault as a hate crime. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 13.
“He started grabbing me, trying to choke me,” the victim told the Daily News days after the attack. “He said, ‘You f—ing Jews! You stole my money! I gotta kill you!’”
“I thought I was going to die,” Moskowitz, a father of nine, said.
Source: NY Daily News
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