A Somali Muslim man was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly attempting to run over Jews outside a synagogue in Los Angeles on Friday night.
“Los Angeles police are investigating an incident Friday night as a potential hate crime after a Somali man, 32-year-old Mohamed Mohamed Abdi, attempted to run down worshipers standing outside a Hancock Park synagogue,” according to one report.
The report said that Abdi has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with a “hate crime specification.” He reportedly yelled anti-Semitic slurs, including “f******” Jews!” during his onslaught.
LAPD confirmed the arrest Monday night, saying that “Hate has not home in Los Angeles.”
Mohamed Mohamed Abdi has been arrested for an Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Hate Crime that occurred in the area of Highland & Oakwood (major cross street Beverly Blvd) on November 23rd. Any additional victims contact LAPD Major Crimes 213-486-7220 pic.twitter.com/UdF3fNYW5Z
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) November 27, 2018
The victims of the attack were leaving the synagogue at the time of the attack. Adbi then reportedly drove through a stop sign and crashed into an oncoming vehicle, which was caught on home surveillance video. A bystander photographed a Koran on the dashboard of Abdi’s vehicle, according to CBS. No one was seriously injured.
Abdi is currently being held on $55,000 bail.
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