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Old 05-11-2020, 06:32 AM
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Couple arrested after attacking Hasidic men in social-distancing spat
By Joshua Rhett Miller
May 11, 2020 | 9:24am

An anti-Semitic Queens couple apparently enraged by a lack of social distancing attacked a group of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn, bizarrely even pulling the masks off some of the victims’ faces, police said.

Paulo Pinho, 35, and his wife, Clelia Pinho, 46, were arrested on a charge of aggravated harassment as a hate crime after a confronting with a large group of Hasidic Jews who were gathered outside late Sunday at Bedford Avenue and Ross Street in Williamsburg, police said.

The couple spotted the crowd as they drove and got out of their vehicle before allegedly shouting anti-Semitic slurs to the group of Jews gathered outside, accusing some of not wearing masks or adhering to social-distancing guidelines, police said.

“You’re the reason why we’re getting sick,” they shouted, in sum and substance, according to police.

Paulo Pinho, who called cops on the crowd, then approached three Hasidic men and tried to rip off their masks, setting off a fight outside. The pair was then detained by the crowd until cops arrived on the scene and took them into custody, police said.

“They were at that corner, they encountered these three males and made anti-Semitic remarks ,” NYPD Lt. Thomas Antonetti told The Post. “After making the statements, that’s when the masks were pulled off.”

The suspects, both of whom are from Queens, were taken to a hospital following the 8:35 p.m. attack, with Paulo Pinho sustaining an injury to his arm during the ensuing scuffle. Clelia Pinho was treated for cuts and minor injuries, police said.

The victims, at least one of whom was wearing traditional Hasidic garb, refused medical attention at the scene, police said.

Dozens of officers are seen responding to the scene in a video posted late Sunday by The Belaaz.
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Old 05-16-2020, 06:44 PM
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Couple charged with assaulting Hasidic men was ‘attacked,’ attorney says
By Joshua Rhett Miller
May 13, 2020 | 9:52am | Updated


Clelia Pinho
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Grocery deliverers Paulo Pinho, 35, and his wife, Clelia Pinho, 46, were arrested late Sunday on a charge of aggravated harassment as a hate crime after a confrontation with a large group of Hasidic Jews gathered outside Bedford Avenue and Ross Street in Williamsburg, police said.

The pair hopped out of their car and began to shout “anti-Semitic statements” to the crowd before Paulo Pinho approached three Hasidic men and tried to rip off their masks, accusing them of being the reason why people were contracting the coronavirus, police said.

“After making the statements, that’s when the masks were pulled off,” said NYPD Lt. Thomas Antonetti.

But an attorney for the couple claims they were victimized for “taking an irresponsible mass of individuals to task” for not wearing masks or practicing social distancing.

They also “actively deny” making anti-Semitic statement to the crowd of about 100, attorney Ken Belkin said in a statement. “My clients abhor racism and anti-Semitism in all of their forms.”

“This incensed the crowd and tempers flared,” Belkin continued. “My clients were the ones who called the NYPD and they did so out of fear for their lives.

The crowd then attacked my clients and they were treated for their injuries at Woodhull Hospital.”

The male victims, at least one of whom was wearing traditional Hasidic garb, refused medical attention at the scene, police said.

Once at the hospital, doctors treated Clelia Pinho for a broken arm, Belkin said.

The pair, who were issued a desk appearance ticket, are due in court on Sept. 8. If convicted, they face up to one year in jail, Belkin said.
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