Ramapo police arrest 3 in alleged hate crime case

February 7, 2012 3:10:11 PM PST
Three suspects have been arrested for allegedly attacking a man in Rockland County Monday night in what is being investigated as a hate crime.

Ramapo police received a report of a man screaming that someone had attacked him in the Monsey area near Grove Street.

Information was relayed to Ramapo police that two male suspects approached the victim from behind and struck him with an unknown object, which might have been a stick or other long thin object. The suspects then ran when the victim began screaming for help.

As officers were responding, one male suspect was seen running away from responding police vehicles. A short foot chase ensued, and the suspect was apprehended in the area of Route 306 and Maple Avenue. The suspect was identified by the victim as one of the persons who struck him.

That person was identified as 18-year-old Stanley Joseph, of Suffern.

Other residents in the area supplied the police with a vehicle description and license plate, which led officers to a residence in Airmont, where 20-year-old Jennifer Amand, also of Suffern, was found and taken into custody.

Qwesi Williams, 19, of Brooklyn, was later arrested in the incident.

Joseph and Williams are charged with first-degree robbery as a hate crime and second-degree assault as a hate crime.

Amand is facing charges of first-degree robbery as a hate crime and making a false statement.

The crime was elevated to a hate crime because the suspects made statements that they were specifically targeting Jewish community members.

The investigation is still ongoing, and further charges are pending.