Polish Police Arrest Suspect in Alleged anti-Semitic Assault on Elderly Man

The person, identified only as Pawel L., injured a 78-year-old while hurling anti-Semitic insults, and faces up to 10 years in jail.

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A memorial plaque stained with anti-Semitic vandalism in Mazowieckie, Poland, March 19, 2012.
A memorial plaque stained with anti-Semitic vandalism in Mazowieckie, Poland, March 19, 2012.Credit: AP

Police in Warsaw arrested a man for allegedly assaulting a 78-year-old man while shouting anti-Semitic insults.

The suspect, identified in Polish media as a 30-year-old man whose first name is Pawel, hit the victim outside a store on Friday, causing him injuries that required his hospitalization.

Police found Pawel L., as the news website fakt.pl identified him, being subdued by passersby who intervened after witnessing the attack. The report did not say whether the victim of Pawel L.’s alleged assault was Jewish, but prosecutors intend to charge him with perpetrating a hate crime, as well as assault, according to Fakt.

Pawel L. was taken into custody immediately at the scene and, if convicted, may face a jail term of up to 10 years.

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