Man charged with hate crime for yelling at Jewish couple in New York City

55-year-old man with 5 prior arrests charged with hate crime for cursing Jewish couple near Times Square.

Marcy Oster, JTA ,

Times Square, New York City
Times Square, New York City
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A man was arrested for yelling and cursing at a Jewish couple in midtown Manhattan near Times Square.

Vernon Stevens, 55, who has at least five prior arrests, was charged with aggravated harassment and a hate crime, police told the New York Post.

The incident occurred at about 10 p.m. on Friday. When a 16-year-old witness went to alert nearby police officers on patrol, Stevens called the couple “F***ing Jews!” unnamed sources told the Post.

The incident comes amid an increase in anti-Semitic violence against Jews in the city.