Woman surrenders for throwing hot coffee at man at playground in Brooklyn

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Woman surrenders for throwing hot coffee at man at Brooklyn playground
Hadasa Karavanibozak was charged with hate crime assault and reckless endangerment.

FORT GREENE, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A woman has surrendered for throwing hot coffee at a man at a playground in Brooklyn.

Hadasa Karavanibozak, 48, was charged with hate crime assault and reckless endangerment after the incident at Edmonds Playground in Fort Greene on November 7.

The victim, who is not Palestinian and is of Indian descent, was with his 18-month-old son when Karavabibozak reportedly threw a cup of coffee in his face and accused him of supporting Hamas.

Asish Prashar was on the receiving end of the attack -- Karavanibozak thought he was Muslim because of the scarf he was wearing.

"The community has driven to surrender herself. It's been not just shared on my social, it's been shared I feel like every person in New York knows about this. Thanks to the media, but also thanks to social media, but also what I found is the posters that some aunties, what I call aunties, people who've put themselves out there to take care of my son right now/ They designed those posters that you've seen on every street corner," Prashar said.

The posters were plastered all over Edmonds Playground where Prashar was assailed while with his toddler. The suspect also lives in the area -- leaving her with nowhere to hide.

"She was spotted at Whole Foods over the weekend. I think the circle got tighter and tighter. People knew where she resided. People knew where she was shopping. People knew where she worked out," Prashar added.

She allegedly told Prashar that he didn't belong there and to 'get off the playground.'

Prashar is of Indian descent. The Kufiya scarf is a gift from a Muslim woman he once worked with.

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