Brooklyn: Driver Attempts to Hit People Outside Orthodox Jewish School

Published: May 31, 2024

NEW YORK, N.Y. — A driver intentionally jumped a curb and tried to run people down outside an Orthodox Jewish school in New York City on Wednesday, authorities said.

Police say Asghar Ali, 58, was driving a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria when he slammed the brakes, turned it around, and barreled toward pedestrians on the sidewalk outside Mesivta Nachlas Yakov School, NBC News reports. Security video shows at least two men running away from the oncoming vehicle.

Witnesses said during the attack, Ali yelled, “I’m going to kill all the Jews.” He attempted to drive away from the scene but was tracked down by the Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol, a volunteer community protection group. Ali was taken into custody by police and is facing more than a dozen charges, including second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime.

Ali, a Pakistani immigrant who has lived in the U.S. for more than two decades, has a history of mental illness with four prior arrests, police sources told Fox. Investigators do not believe the attack is terror-related or tied to radical groups.

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Chaim Moskowitz, a 17-year-old student at the school, told NBC that even before the incident, he kept an eye out for anything unusual around his school and neighborhood.

“You do think about this,” he said. “I’m scared every time I walk.”

City Council member Farah Louis called the incident a “senseless act of bigotry and violence.”

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