BY ALEX MITCHELL
The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force
is searching for a suspect who displayed
aggressive anti-Semitism by vandalizing
four synagogues in Riverdale last
Just after midnight on Friday morning,
Chabad of Riverdale and Riverdale
Jewish Center of 535 W. 246th Street and
3700 Independence Avenue had both
been struck repeatedly with rocks until
multiple windows at each location shattered,
according to police.
Then on Saturday, the Conservative
Synagogue Adath Israel and Young Israel
of Riverdale of 475 W. 250th Street
and 4502 Henry Hudson Parkway East
were also targeted and had both windows
and doors smashed.
That same suspect also broke the
windows of three parked cars at 541 W.
239 Street as well, the NYPD reported.
In response to the synagogue attacks,
both Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke
out against the apparently targeted
In a tweet, de Blasio stated that law
enforcement not only has “a solid lead
on the vile acts of anti-Semitism in the
Bronx,” but will also “take swift action
against the perpetrators.”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea
also visited the crime scenes on Monday.
I was in Riverdale this morning,
meeting with religious leaders & visiting
the scenes of some of the most recent
acts of destruction.
There is no place for hate in NYC
— @NYPDHateCrimes detectives are
relentlessly investigating every one
of these crimes. pic.twitter.com/SpbWESiI8k
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea)
April 26, 2021
Bronx Borough President Ruben
Diaz, Jr. tweeted, “Hate has no place in
our community, borough and city. The
heinous, anti-Semitic attacks we saw at
4 places of worship in The Bronx will
not be tolerated.”
Locally, Congressman Jamaal Bowman,
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz,
State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, and
Councilman Eric Dinowitz released a
joint statement condemning the suspect’s
“No one should be attacked or living
in fear because of their race, religion,
ethnicity, or sexual orientation. The
BRONX TIMES REPORTER, A 6 PR. 30-MAY 6, 2021 BTR
Courtesy of the NYPD.
threat towards synagogues and other
Jewish institutions is real and we must
treat these issues head on. Jewish people
have been the victims of hate crimes
and persecution for centuries, and this
week’s events are a somber reminder
that we must all be vigilant in weeding
out antisemitism,” they stated, also urging
any members of the public with relevant
information to contact the NYPD’s
Bronx Borough President candidate
Nathalia Fernandez also came out
against the attacks.
“These acts are appalling and coincide
with a rise in hate crimes across
the city. These destructive crimes are
not refl ective of the all-accepting community
I know to exist in Riverdale,”
“The Bronx has zero-tolerance for
any kind of hate; as a borough, we have
always accepted every person, regardless
of their race, creed, or sexual orientation,
because that is what it means to
be a community. We must work together
to hold the individuals responsible accountable.”
Anyone with information in regard to
the identity of this individual is asked to
call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline
at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish,
1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can
also submit their tips by logging onto the
CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.
COM, on Twitter @
All calls are strictly confi dential.
Cops searching for suspect
who smashed windows of
four Riverdale synagogues
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