CROWN HEIGHTS [CHI] — Early Monday evening two Jewish women were accosted by a sicko on Kingston Avenue, one quick call to Shomrim and the pervert was apprehended, and arrested. Only to be released a few hours later without any charges.
The incident began on Kingston and Carroll at around 7:15pm, where the 24-year-old black male accosted victim 1, a Jewish girl, grabbing her arm and offering her ‘fun and drugs’, the girl fled into a shop and took refuge. Minutes later the suspect accosted victim 2, a Jewish woman, in just the same fashion.
That’s when Shomrim was alerted.
The suspect was followed until he entered Lefferts Park where he was apprehended and taken into police custody.
At the scene Shomrim volunteers got the feeling that the incident was about to go sideways when Inspector Peter Simonetti arrived at the scene and began asking the suspect if he was assaulted, or if he was hurt in any way.
Shomrim had the victims quickly brought over to identify their attacker, which they did, and the suspect was cuffed and taken into the precinct.
Brass in the Brooklyn South Task Force, who were in the neighborhood for the unity concert in Wingate Park, heard about the apprehension and arrest and passed along thanks and compliments to Shomrim for their great work.
Police interrogated the victims and came to the conclusion that there was no indecent conduct on behalf of the suspect, and that all he did was caress the victims arms, which does not constitute assault, and he was promptly released.
As Shomrim volunteers were in the precinct, assisting the victims, they ran into a community askon, and volunteer in Hatzalah, who told Shomrim to back down and let police release the sicko “because when we need police to help on bigger things we can then pressure them.”
”Police have to help us either way” said a spokesperson for Shomrim, adding “this askon really doesn’t understand how it works, if a person robs someone they get arrested for robbery, and if a person hits someone they get arrested for assault. Police cannot play favorites or favoritism.”
For one Shomrim member this incident served as a chilling reminder of an incident in which an askon got involved in a very similar fashion years ago, that proceeded with an incident in which a Jewish mother assaulted and murdered.