Prosecutors said a Brooklyn man accused of beating up a Jewish man in a hate attack in midtown Manhattan last week — in which he allegedly called the victim a "dirty Jew" — declared from his jail cell that he would "do it again," the New York Post reported.
What are the details?
The Post said Waseem Awawdeh, 23, was held on $10,000 bail in connection to the Thursday attack and is accused of punching, kicking, and pepper-spraying 29-year-old Joseph Borgen — as well as beating the victim with crutches.
"If I could do it again, I would do it again," Awawdeh told one of his jailers, according to a prosecutor at the suspect's Saturday arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, the paper reported. "I have no problem doing it again."
Here's a clip of Awawdeh in custody:
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The attack was unprovoked, said prosecutors, who told Judge Kathryn Paek that Borgen was walking near Broadway and West 49th Street when Awawdeh "jumped him and attacked him."
Awawdeh, who has at least one open case in Brooklyn for allegedly speeding and running a red light in March, was charged with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
The Manhattan assistant district attorney told Paek that the attack was a hate crime and said Awawdeh called Borgen a "dirty Jew" and said, "F*** Israel, Hamas is going to kill all of you," the paper said.
But friends of Awawdeh's, who refused to give their names, claimed Awawdeh was attacked first, the Post noted.
"They picked somebody that was weak, that was on crutches," one of them told the paper.
However, the NYPD released photos of four other men who are wanted in connection with Thursday's attack on Borgen, the Post added.
Awawdeh is enrolled in college and isn't a flight risk, according to his attorney, April White-Small of New York County Defenders, the paper said, adding that Awawdeh did not enter a plea.
What did the victim have to say?
"I felt a liquid being poured on my face, and at first I thought I was getting urinated on," Borgen told the Post. "But it turned out I was getting Maced and pepper-sprayed. My face was on fire. That pain was worse than the concussion and all this other stuff that followed."
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Borgen also told the paper he underwent a wrist X-ray, and although it's not broken it's "messed up. Every time I move it, it's in pain, probably sprained. I have bruises all over my body. I have a black eye. My face is banged up. I'm just sore all over my body. They were kicking me in my ribs, my stomach."
The victim also told the Post the attack got him reconsidering wearing his yarmulke in public in the future.
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