Teens Charged In Anti-Semitic Hate Crime

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Four teenagers were charged with an anti-Semitic hate crime that occurred the night before Holocaust Remembrance Day.

People who live in the largely Orthodox Jewish community, told police they saw the teenagers threatening several residents with an aluminum baseball bat about 10:30 p.m. on Neil Road located in Monsey.

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.

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Residents in the otherwise quiet community said they were shocked to hear screaming and shouting so late in the night.

Detective Lt. Brad Weidel said authorities believe the teens were likely targeting the Jewish community, although he said it was unclear if the suspects knew about Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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 trio were being held in the Rockland County Jail on $10,000 bail each. They are due to go before a judge at 2 p.m. in Ramapo Justice Court Tuesday.

The fourth unidentified boy was charged as a juvenile delinquent and released to the custody of his parents. Officials say he will appear in Family Court this month.

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