Teens Charged in Anti-Semitic Hate Crime
Authorities believe the teens were targeting residents of the largely Orthodox Jewish neighborhood.
Anthony Soto, 18, Denise Lopez, 17 and Kyle Silceira, 16 are accused of threatening Jewish people the night before Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The suspects have been identified as Anthony Soto, 18, Denise Lopez, 17, and Kyle Silceira, 16.
The identity of the fourth boy has been withheld because he is 15-years-old.
In addition to threatening residents, the suspects are accused of throwing stones and kicking over garbage cans.
Detective Lt. Brad Weidel said authorities believe the teens were likely targeting the Jewish community.
The incident occurred on the even of Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Ha'shoah, which commemorates the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.
Soto, Lopez, and Silceira, all of Spring Valley, were charged with second-degree aggravated harassment as a hate crime, second-degree menacing as a hate crime, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct.
In addition, Soto and Lopez were charged with second-degree aggravated harassment as a hate crime and disorderly conduct.
The fourth unidentified boy was charged as a juvenile delinquent and released to the custody of his parents.
The same weekend two public parks in Rockland were vandalized, with anti-Semitic messages scrawled in several locations.
In West Haverstraw, the word "Jews" with a line through it was spray-painted on about a half-dozen park benches in Pecks Pond Park.
Graffiti also was found on the walking path around the pond and a large rock, Haverstraw police said.
Similar graffiti was also found early Sunday at Haverstraw Bay Park, said Allan Beers, coordinator of the county's Division of Environmental Resources.
Beers said vandals had left similar messages scrawled on the entrance to the park and on wood guardrails and a utility box.