14-year-old boy charged with hate crime for allegedly punching San Diego rabbi

Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “14-year-old boy charged with hate crime for allegedly punching San Diego rabbi”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A 14-year-old boy allegedly punched a San Diego rabbi and yelled slurs at him before riding off on his bike.

The boy, who has not been publicly identified, was arrested and charged with a hate crime Friday, a week after the alleged assault, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Rabbi Yonatan Halevy, 31, was walking with his father near his University City synagogue on Oct. 10 when the teen rode past on his bike, circled back and punched him, Halevy told the Union-Tribune.

Halevy said it took police 42 minutes to show up after he and his father called 911 and that officers initially told him there was little they could do, even though he had a photo of the suspect.

“It went from ‘They can’t do anything’ to ‘This is No. 1 priority,’” Halevy told the Union-Tribune.

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