Man charged with hate crime for yelling at Jewish couple in New York City

The incident comes amid an increase in antisemitic violence against Jews in the city.

New York Police Department by the Fifth Avenue Synagogue (photo credit: JEENAH MOON/REUTERS)
New York Police Department by the Fifth Avenue Synagogue
(photo credit: JEENAH MOON/REUTERS)
(JTA) — A man was arrested for yelling and cursing at a Jewish couple in midtown Manhattan near Times Square.
Vernon Stevens, 55, who has at least five prior arrests, was charged with aggravated harassment and a hate crime, police told the New York Post.
The incident occurred at about 10 p.m. on Friday. When a 16-year-old witness went to alert nearby police officers on patrol, Stevens called the couple “F***ing Jews!” unnamed sources told the Post.
The incident comes amid an increase in antisemitic violence against Jews in the city.