HATE IN NYC: Man Threatens to Torch Kosher Bagel Shop

New York police are searching for a man accused of hurling racist profanities and demanding that an Israeli flag be taken down from a New York shop.

The incident happened on November 10 at the Bagels & Co. on Union Turnpike in the Fresh Meadows area of Queens. According to NYPD Crime Stoppers, an unidentified male yelled profanities while demanding that the Israeli flag be taken down.

“Remove those Israeli flags and shut the business down or I’ll burn the building down,” the suspect allegedly said.

No one was physically injured during the incident.

“Our office has been aware of the threat of anti-Semitic violence that took place at a bagel store in Fresh Meadows on Wednesday,” Councilman James Gennaro said, according to QNS.

“Since the incident last week, I have been closely monitoring the NYPD’s response and supporting the good efforts of the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force and the response of the 107th Precinct. I will continue to work with the 107th Precinct to ensure the perpetrator is apprehended and justice is served. Threats of anti-Semitic violence have no place in our community, and they never will.”

Police announced that a $3,500 reward is being offered to anyone with more information about the suspect and incident.

Those with information should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477). For Spanish,  call888-57-PISTA (74782). Tipsters can also submit tips at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter at @NYPDTips.

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