The New York Police Department is stepping up patrols in three Brooklyn neighborhoods after a surge of anti-Semitic crimes reported to the police in the last two weeks, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday.
Police officers are scheduled to patrol the streets of Borough Park, Crown Heights and Williamsburg, neighborhoods with a large numbers of Jewish residents, where they also plan to visit houses of worship and other “critical areas in the community,” Mr. de Blasio added on Twitter.
“Anti-Semitism is an attack on the values of our city — and we will confront it head-on,” Mr. de Blasio said on Twitter.
The announcement of the increased foot and car patrols comes as the Police Department’s Hates Crimes Task Force investigates eight “alarming” anti-Semitic incidents since Dec. 13, the police said.
The latest two incidents reported to the authorities happened on Friday — both in Crown Heights, the police said. Shortly before 7 a.m., an unidentified man walked into the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters, approached a member of the Hasidic community and threatened to shoot someone, the police said.
The police were still looking for the man who made the threats, who ran east on Eastern Parkway, toward the Crown Heights-Utica Avenue subway station.
Earlier in Crown Heights, a little after midnight, a woman identified as Tiffany Harris, 30, slapped three women in the face, the police said.
At a news conference on Friday afternoon, Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said Ms. Harris admitted to slapping the women because she believed they were Jewish. Ms. Harris has been charged with first-degree harassment.
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Source: The New York Times