Virginia brothers arrested for assaulting man with Star of David

Video captures brothers yelling anti-Semitic comments at a man after noticing his Star of David, in possible drug-deal-gone-wrong.


Definition of anti-Semitism
Definition of anti-Semitism

Two brothers from the Appalachian Trail town of Damascus, Virginia were arrested after they were captured on video yelling anti-Semitic comments at a man wearing a Star of David.

The incident occurred Monday outside of Hey Joe’s, a restaurant owned by the father of the suspects, Joseph Killian, 33, and Henry Killian II, 35, the Bristol Herald-Courier reported.

Craig Johnston, who reportedly was hiking the trail, filmed the encounter and posted it to social media. Damascus Police told the Herald-Courier that Johnston told police he planned to buy marijuana from the brothers. Johnston maintains in comments on Facebook that he only stopped at the restaurant to eat when the brothers noticed his Star of David.

The town’s mayor, Jack McCrady, said in a Facebook post that while Johnston, whom he called the “not so innocent victim,” did not press charges against the brothers, “Nothing can justify the hideous statements by those involved. This does not represent Damascus or our citizens,” he wrote in the post. The mayor said the restaurant is due to close at the end of the month.

The men were charged with disorderly conduct and assault, and have not been given bail. They are scheduled to appear in court again on Nov. 6. Joseph Killian also was charged with assault and battery, for appearing to strike Johnston or his phone during the filmed encounter. Police say that no drugs exchanged hands, according to the Herald-Courier.