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Five New York ‘Neighborhood Vigilantes’ Arrested For Gang Assault Of Gay Man

042314tajFive Hasidic men were arrested Wednesday for the December beating of a black gay man in Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn’s oldest Jewish neighborhoods. Police believe the man’s sexuality is what provoked the attack, and are now investigating the assault as a hate crime.

According to reports, 22-year-old fashion student Taj Patterson was walking along Flushing Ave. in Williamsburg after a night of partying last December when he was assaulted by a group of up to 20 ultra-Orthodox Hasidic men shouting antigay slurs.

Aharon Hollender, 28, Abraham Winkler, 39, Mayer Herskovic, 21, Pinchas Braver, 19, and Joseph Fried, 25, claimed to be part of a vigilante patrol group monitoring the area after a series of vandalizations occurred. There’s no evidence to support that Patterson had vandalized anything that night or previously, though a police report notes he was “highly intoxicated, uncooperative and incoherent.” Police suspect he was attacked simply for being gay and black.

The men, now all charged with gang assault, allegedly yelled things like “stay down, faggot, stay the fuck down” and cheered as the main instigator kicked Patterson’s face. According to reports, the unprovoked attack left Patterson with a broken eye socket, a torn retina, blood clotting, and cuts and bruises to his knee and ankles.

Patterson remembers that his assailants “came up behind me, they grabbed me, they punched me in the face, kicked me down, knocked me out.” The assault was stopped by an MTA bus driver who intervened while on duty.

Gothamist reports that two of the suspects now in custody were plucked from Israel, where they fled following the attack, and that “more arrests are likely.” If convicted, each assailant could face up to 25 years in prison.

On:           Apr 24, 2014
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    • DarSco

      WOW! white guys bashing a gay black guy? who would “ave thunk it lol.
      These guys are just as guilty as ANY OTHER homophobes! lock their axxes up! as far as the description of Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn’s oldest Jewish neighborhoods, you can 5 blocks/streets in Brooklyn and you are in another neighborhood so it’s kinda tough to be a bigot in NYC unless you are an axxhole!

      Apr 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien

      Dear HOMOS, brothers please take arms and be ready for the worst. It`s only starting with the F.U.C.K.I.N.G white asses Christian.

      Apr 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • murphy0071

      These are the same lame Jews who don’t want to fight for Israel and have shown themselves to be the cowards they are. Now they set upon African American Gay male using harassing epithets. This is just one more example of where evangelicals and ultra-orthodox are very similar.

      You can bet the orthodox priests are upset this is outside the community. If it were an issue for them, each of the attackers would be promised more than 100 virgins upon entry into heaven and given a gold Star of David.

      Apr 24, 2014 at 10:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DickieJohnson

      This is amazing…homophobic vigilante Hasidic gang, in New York!

      Apr 24, 2014 at 11:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • coltonblack

      How sad! These guys were nothing more than haters. Assholes. I hope they do serious time.

      Apr 25, 2014 at 2:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • abnerbha

      @coltonblack: When I read a gay (transexuals are mutilated gays/lesbians and they must abolish sex changes) bashing case in the news, I wonder what the view is of the journalist reporting this on homosexuality/lesbianism. I also wonder if the journalist is a homosexual or lesbian and if so, are they setting aside their bias and reporting the news with no problems ?

      Odd that prosecutor would give plea bargain with community service for this assault & battery, unless there’s something more to this case which wasn’t reported in the news. Is there something which was omitted-was gay committing a crime such as harassing or stalking before men bashed him? If the gay was committing indecent exposure, harassment, stalking or other crime before the men bashed him, then that can explain plea bargain.

      If it’s true the gay was committing a crime before he was bashed, then prosecutor offered plea bargain, which was accepted thinking that this is better than going to trial & risk acquittal. If it had gone to trial, then defense lawyers would raise the crime the gay was doing such as indecent exposure, stalking, etc. before the men bashed him with jury deciding if justified or excess force was used. The men accepted the plea bargain because they likely thought it’s better to accept this than to go to trial & risk conviction on more serious charge with more jail time.

      Most men and boys who are victims of gays usu. won’t call cops to report that a gay is committing indecent exposure, harassment or in worst cases molestation until some1 reacts violently and bashes the gay. A rebuttal people make is that gay bashers will sometimes say things to justify their deeds such as saying the homosexual committed indecent exposure, harassment, stalking and so on and that it’s the gay basher’s side of story. Yes-but just as gay basher’s have interest to justify their deeds, gay bashing victims have interest to make themselves look like innocent victims.

      We don’t always know the other side of story and that is usually different from what homosexual says happened. Again if it’s true homosexual committed indecent exposure, harassment, stalking, etc. before men reacted violently, then the fact the homosexual committed a crime before he was bashed must be decided by jury in deciding if gay basher(s) used reasonable or excess force. Prosecutors can argue why they think it was excess force and defense lawyer can argue why it was justified force. Jury decides if it’s justified or excess force. A jury can acquit or if they convict, they can convict a person on lesser charge.

      Oct 3, 2016 at 10:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • abnerbha

      @DarSco: Is there something more here that media omits that explains why plea bargain was given to the men for assault & battery? Is there something bad about the gay which was omitted in that was gay bashing victim committing a crime such as harassing or stalking before men bashed him? Was the gay high on drugs likes cocaine or Meth & harassing the men before the men bashed him? If the gay (some cases lesbian) is high on drugs such as cocaine & or meth while committing indecent exposure, stalking, etc., then the homosexual can commit a more violent crime incl. murder in a drug rage after committing indecent exposure. Stalking, indecent exposure, etc. may not be the only crime which the homosexual intends esp. if he is high on drugs.

      Think you know that when gays & lesbians commit sex abuse, the first thing they do is commit indecent exposure, grab a person’s genitals against will before doing something more violent. You may use reasonable not excess force to end abuse but if the gay was committing a crime such as indecent exposure, harassment, stalking, etc. before the men bashed him, then that can explain plea bargain.

      Oct 3, 2016 at 10:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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