Vehicular jihad…that failed. Source: Man Faces Hate Crime Charge After Yelling Out Slurs, Trying to Hit Congregants With Car Outside Hancock Park Synagogue: LAPD | KTLA
A man is facing a hate crime charge after allegedly yelling out anti-Semitic slurs and trying to hit Jewish congregants with his vehicle outside a Hancock Park synagogue over the weekend, Los Angeles Police Department officials announced Monday.
The incident occurred about 9 p.m. Nov. 23 after an event at Congregation Bais Yehuda, 360 N. La Brea Ave.
Two men, 37 and 57, were walking toward Oakwood Avenue when the saw a man in a vehicle yell out expletives “referencing their Jewish heritage,” LAPD Deputy Chief Horace Frank said Monday. The men saw the driver, identified as Mohamed Mohamed Abdi, run a red light, make a U-Turn and accelerate toward them. The men hid behind a traffic light pole and an electric box to avoid getting hit, Frank said.
Abdi allegedly tried to hit the men again before attempting to drive away, but he crashed into another vehicle in the area. No one was injured during the incident, police said.
At some point, the men alerted authorities, who responded to the scene and arrested Abdi. Police found a knife in Abdi’s vehicle, Chief Michel Moore said.
Abdi, 32, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and faces a special enhancement of a hate crime, officials said.
Abdi is a U.S. citizen from Somalia, but had only been in the Los Angeles area for only a few days, Moore said. He lived in the Seattle area for several years, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The chief added that while there is no evidence that Abdi was working on a larger attack, the LAPD and FBI are looking into his background, recent travel and social media history.
Los Angeles police arrested Mohamed for assault with a deadly weapon, and held him in custody on $55,000 bail.
The two men who were nearly hit in the attack say they believe they were singled out as Jews, and that the incident was likely an anti-Semitic hate crime.
“He was beeping and screaming fing Jew, fing Jew,” one of the pedestrians told CBS.
“Why he chose us? Probably because of the yarmulkes on our heads.”
The suspect, Mohamed Mohamed Abdi, was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, but is now a U.S. citizen, officials said.
Video report from CBS notes a Koran was found on his dashboard:
Did Allah awaken this Muslim refugee or did newly elected Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar?