NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A 16-year-old boy was charged Friday for an attack at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens in which a group of people stomped on a man while saying antisemitic slurs, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
Sam Levy was walking through the park on Feb. 19 around 8:25 p.m. when the defendant allegedly started chasing him.
The boy caught him and hit him in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground, according to prosecutors.
Once he was on the ground, a group of about six gathered around Levy, started kicking him and demanded money, officials said.
Levy reportedly handed over about $200 and his wallet. Some members of the group continued to kick him, while others rummaged through his pockets to take his cellphone and keys.
“We respect the diversity of our Borough and affronts to that, especially violent ones, will not be tolerated,” said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz. “The defendant is being charged with not only the robbery, but for the assault as a hate crime for this cowardly alleged antisemitic attack.”
The 16-year-old boy faces charges for assault as a hate crime, assault, robbery and related crimes.
Katz didn't say whether the other suspects have been arrested.