Three Arrested in Lakewood Egg Pelting


lakewoodThe Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has applauded the arrest of three suspects for bias intimidation and harassment after they allegedly targeted Jews in Lakewood by throwing eggs at them.  On the night of May 19, Shavuos, several frum Jews walking on the street were pelted with eggs from individuals in a passing vehicle. Lakewood Police, working with Jackson Police, were able to identify the suspects and arrested Stacey Krohn, Edward A. Kerby Jr. and Mark L. Johnson.Etzion Neuer, ADL New Jersey Regional Director, issued the following statement:

“We congratulate the Lakewood and Jackson Police Department for their swift work in making arrests in this senseless and bigoted assault. Although to some, throwing eggs may appear to be harmless fun, the victims were allegedly targeted because of their faith in an attempt to threaten and intimidate the Jewish community. By charging the suspects with a bias crime we send a clear message to the perpetrators that hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated in New Jersey.”

Lakewood Police Chief Rob Lawson released the following statement:

“On Friday May 21, 2010 additional incidents occurred in which eggs were thrown at Orthodox Jewish residents of Lakewood. These incidents are being investigated and when the suspects are identified, they also will be charged with bias intimidation 2c:16-1, a 4th degree crime, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine.”The vast majority of these crimes are being committed by juveniles and young adults from out of town who think that this kind of activity is a fun thing to do. I view this as a very serious offense, even if the victim is not physically injured, the psychological impact can be profound causing prolonged distress to the victim. any persons caught harassing any of our residents based upon a person’s race, color, ethnicity, religion, handicap, gender or orientation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible under the law.”

{Noam Newscenter}


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