Attack on Jewish family is under investigation by NYPD Hate Crime Task Force
April 2, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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An attack on a Jewish family in Manhattan on Wednesday is being investigated by the New York Police Department Hate Crime Task Force, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said.
(CNN)An attack on a Jewish family in Manhattan on Wednesday is being investigated by the New York Police Department Hate Crime Task Force, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said.
A man, woman and their 1-year-old child were slashed with a knife on Wednesday, according to Shea, who spoke with CNN Newsroom's Jim Sciutto Friday.
Police arrested Darryl Jones, 30, in connection to the incident, the NYPD said in a release.
Jones was arraigned on Friday and charged with one count of attempted murder, three counts of assault in the second degree, three counts of attempted assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
Jones has not entered a plea yet, according to the District Attorney's office.
The Manhattan DA's Hate Crimes Unit also is reviewing the incident, though to date, there is no evidence this was a hate crime, according to spokeswoman Emily Tuttle.
Jones was paroled last month after a seven-year period of incarceration for attempted murder, said Shea.
Key factors driving a recent spike in hate crimes in NYC
Asked about this incident as well as the recent spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans, Shea said rhetoric and mental illness are key factors driving the spike.
In most of the recent hate crimes, the suspects were paroled recently, according to Shea.
A lifetime parolee assaulted a 65-year-old Asian woman in Midtown in broad daylight, an attack captured on video that included the alleged suspect kicking the victim's head on the pavement.
"So, something is clearly broken here," said Shea.