Suspect charged with hate crime in Ozone Park hit-and-run of Sikh man


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Police have arrested a 55-year-old Long Island man and charged him with a hate crime after her allegedly ran another man over last month and dragged him several feet before fleeing.

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Hate Crimes unit investigating after Bellerose cars tagged with swastikas


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THE COURIER/Photos by Melissa Chan

Bellerose residents whose cars were vandalized with graffiti were able to wash off the spray paint — but not the hateful message it left behind. Fourteen cars in the quiet residential area were marked up during an early morning graffiti spree on October 11, police said. Silver-painted swastikas were found on half of the vehicles […]

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Pols and Sikh Cultural Society respond to alleged Sikh hate crime


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Just days after a Sikh professor at Columbia University was brutally attacked, the Sikh community and elected officials gathered in Richmond Hill to speak out against what is being investigated as a hate crime. Dr. Prabhjot Singh was walking through Harlem on Saturday, September 21 when more than a dozen attackers shouted slurs such as […]

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Police say attack on interracial couple in LIC not a hate crime


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Cops say the attack on an interracial couple in Long Island City this past weekend was not a hate crime. According to a police source, the Hate Crimes Task Force Unit deemed the case unbiased yet the assault is still under investigation by the NYPD. Since the incident, police have arrested Nikolaos Katsos, 28, and […]

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NYPD investigating South Ozone Park attack as hate crime


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Photo courtesy of 106th Precinct

A Far Rockaway man was struck with a trophy outside of a bar, resulting in several medical staples to his head. He said he was attacked because he is gay. “The bouncer let my basher run before the cops came,” said Zaman Mohamed Amin, the victim and a well-known figure in the LGBTQ community, on […]

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Man charged with attempted murder in hate crime outside Flushing mosque


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

A November hate crime case has been cracked and a Forest Hills man charged with attempted murder. Late last year, Bashir Ahmad, a devout Muslim from Afghanistan, was attacked and repeatedly stabbed outside of his local mosque, Masjid Al-Saaliheen in Flushing. Bernhard Laufer was arrested and charged in connection with the incident. “He hit me […]

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Suspect wanted in apparent hate crime assault in Jackson Heights


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Photo Courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a suspect who assaulted a woman in Jackson Heights in another apparent anti-gay hate crime. On Sunday, March 17 at approximately 4:15 a.m. the suspect approached the 49-year-old victim on the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 88th Street and punched her in the face while making anti-gay remarks, said police. The victim […]

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Suspects in possible hate crime wanted for a second assault


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Two suspects wanted in connection with a Corona slashing, are now wanted for a second assault that occurred the same morning just blocks away. The first attack took place when the suspects approached a 70-year-old man and asked him if he was Muslim or Hindu before proceeding to assault him, according to police. Both assaults […]

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Man stabbed outside Queens mosque in possible hate crime


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THE COURIER/Maggie Hayes

Bashir Ahmad, a devout Muslim from Afghanistan, went to his local mosque, Masjid Al-Saaliheen, at 4:45 a.m. to open its doors for morning prayer, just as he has done every morning for the past 12 years. But on the morning of Sunday, November 18, something went terribly wrong. “I was facing the door and a […]

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Brooklyn man charged for Ridgewood hate crime


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A Brooklyn man who allegedly tased another man in the chest in Ridgewood last month has been charged with a hate crime. Joseph Desmond, 23, allegedly approached the victim and shocked him  in the chest while spewing anti-gay slurs on September 25 at the intersection of Gates and Fairview avenues, according to the district attorney’s […]

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New Year’s fire bomber, Ray Lazier Lengend, charged with hate crime


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THE COURIER/File photo

An alleged arsonist arrested for a series of fires started on New Year’s Day is feeling the heat after being indicted on state and federal hate crime charges. Ray Lazier Lengend, also known as Suraj Poonai, was taken into custody on January 3 – two days after police believe he threw glass bottles filled with […]

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Mosque firebomber faces life in prison for hate crimes


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Mosque firebomber faces life in prison for hate crimes The Queens pyromaniac who went on a New Year’s Day firebombing spree appeared for his Thursday arraignment looking like he could use a few swigs from the frappucino bottles he used during his hate-filled rampage. Ray Lazier Lengend looked groggy and dazed as he sat slumped […]

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[UPDATE] Suspect charged with hate crime in fire bomb attacks


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Photo Courtesy Pearl Gabel

The man picked up by police in connection with a string of five fire bombings, four in Queens and one on Long Island, confessed to authorities and has been charged with a hate crime. Ray Lazier Lengend, 40, was tracked through a stolen car eyewitnesses saw at the scene of at least two of the […]

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Recent hate crimes spur return to old ideals


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The document itself may be over 300 years old, but the message it conveys is timeless. Public officials united to breathe life back into the Flushing Remonstrance — a historic petition dated back to 1657 when Peter Stuyvesant and a group of citizens protested prohibitions against religious freedom — in light of recent anti-Semitic vandalisms […]

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