Teenage boys arrested in apparent bias beating

December 7, 2010 6:43:17 PM PST
Police arrested two teens accused of beating an Orthodox Jewish man, and the attack is being investigated as a bias crime.

"It makes me feel good, very good," said Sam Fischer, Be'er Hatorah Yeshiva.

Rabbis and Torah students left their Yeshiva feeling safer Tuesday night, for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Two teenagers were arrested in a series of violent robberies that investigators say may have been motivated by anti-Semitism.

The attacks happened on the street outside Yeshiva Be'er Hatorah.

At least two of the victims were Orthodox Jews.

The latest, 44-year-old Moishe Guttman, was beaten and robbed after a Hanukkah party just Monday night.

Another man was nearly killed late last month.

The suspects are 14 and 15-years-old.

They were chased down by local security patrols minutes after Monday night's incident.

The city's police commissioner says the boys admitted to five attacks.

The motive, he says, was chilling.

"They stated they did it for fun. We spoke to one of the boy's mothers and she said he's very aggressive," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.