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More Charges Filed in Jackson Bias Crime Against Orthodox Jews

JACKSON-The Jackson Police Department today announced more charges have been filed against two teens and an adult who made multiple passes and swerved their vehicle towards Jewish residents walking last weekend.

Jackson Police Detective John Rodriguez recently completed his follow up investigation to this incident and as a result of that investigation, the following complaints were signed:

The teenaged male driver who was initially charged with harassment and bias intimidation in the incident was additionally charged with simple assault for an attempt by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. The matter will be forwarded to the Family Court.

Juvenile complaints were prepared charging a teenaged male passenger of the vehicle with bias intimidation and harassment. The matter will be forwarded to the Family Court.

An adult male passenger of the vehicle was charged with bias intimidation and harassment on a summons complaint.

On Saturday, September 14th, it was reported that two Jewish residents were standing near the curb in front of the residence when a passing vehicle swerved at them, forcing them to jump onto the curb to safety. As the vehicle passed, the occupants of the vehicle were reported to have been yelling obscenities and insults in reference to their religion at the residents. The vehicle drove down the street and turned around and came back, swerving at the two a second time as the occupants again yelled obscenities and insults at the two. A nearby resident who observed the incident then called police headquarters to report it.

Police Officer Stephen Cilento investigated the incident and was able to identify the driver of the vehicle after being provided with the license plate. The teenaged male driver was later identified and juvenile complaints charging him with harassment and bias intimidation were prepared. The matter will be forwarded to the Family Court.

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