Suspicious Man Photographs Jewish Girls’ High School

by Sandy Eller – VIN News

The NYPD’s Counterterrorism Unit has been called in to a Jewish girls’ high school in Brooklyn after an unidentified man was spotted taking pictures of the building’s exterior this morning.

Surveillance cameras at Bais Yaakov D’Rav Meir on Parkville Avenue in Kensington captured footage of a man who took photographs of the building’s exterior from several different angles before getting into a dark colored vehicle that was parked directly in front of the school and driving away.

The man was wearing blue jeans, a blue t-shirt, dark shoes, a chest-length necklace and a black belt and NYPD sources said that the suspect appeared to be either of Middle Eastern or Hispanic origins.

An official at Bais Yaakov D’Rav Meir who would not discuss the incident unless granted anonymity said that the school noticed the suspicious activity as it was unfolding and notified police immediately.  The school is located just a block and a half away from the 70th Precinct.

Councilman Chaim Deutsch reported that he had received numerous phone calls from concerned parents who live in his district whose daughters are students at Bais Yaakov D’Rav Meir.  Deutsch said that he had spoken with Deputy Inspector James Palumbo, commanding officer of the 70th Precinct, who said that the suspect’s car may have been a Volkswagen Jetta, possibly with New Jersey license plates.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind expressed concern about the incident and said that the NYPD is taking the matter very seriously.

“There is no question that there are people out there who hate Americans and Jews,” Hikind told VIN News. “It may turn out to be nothing in the end but it right now it looks awfully suspicious.”

Both Deutsch and Hikind stressed the importance of vigilance at all times.

“If you see anything that looks suspicious call 911 as well as the NYPD’s counterterrorism hotline 1-888-NYC-SAFE (692-7233),” said Deutsch.

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14 Comments

  • 2. Thats crazy! wrote:

    Its terrible!
    He took so many detailed pictures!
    Why wasn’t he stopped and questioned on the spot, instead of being videoed?
    Thats crazy!

  • 3. Milhouse wrote:

    said that the suspect’s car may have been a Volkswagen Jetta, possibly with New Jersey license plates.

    “Suspect”? What exactly is he suspected of? The story doesn’t claim he did anything illegal. It’s a public street, so he has the right to stand there and take pictures. Even if he were right here in front of us, what could the police do to him? They couldn’t even stop and question him, let alone arrest him. Is this cause for vigilance? Certainly. Being alert is always a good idea, just in case.

  • 4. Either wrote:

    He’s some type of artist, looking at good architecture, wanting inspiration or…..well….yikes. :( I hope this guy doesn’t have malicious intentions

  • 5. Andrea Schonberger wrote:

    People like that should be whipped in public as an example to others who may have the same idea.

  • 9. Yikes wrote:

    There are several strange women taking surveillance videos on the porch and in the viber shul in 770. I wish someone would take notice of them too.

  • 11. Not Very Clever wrote:

    If he really wanted to do some trouble then
    why did he park his car right outside the school?
    why would he take pictures where he could be seen?
    how come he didn’t see that there is CCTV?

  • 13. license plate wrote:

    instead of speculating, check his license plate and you could always do your research from there.. (criminal records, if his name is ahmad or something…)

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