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Attack on Jewish family is under investigation by NYPD Hate Crime Task Force


An attack on a Jewish family in Manhattan on Wednesday is being investigated by the New York Police Department Hate Crime Task Force, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said.

A man, woman and their 1-year-old child were slashed with a knife on Wednesday, according to Shea, who spoke with CNN Newsroom’s Jim Sciutto Friday.

The family was dressed in traditional Hasidic garb, but no anti-Semitic slurs were used during the attack, based on the preliminary investigation, a source in the NYPD told CNN.

Police arrested Darryl Jones, 30, in connection to the incident, the NYPD said in a release.

Jones was arraigned on Friday and charged with one count of attempted murder, three counts of assault in the second degree, three counts of attempted assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Jones has not entered a plea yet, according to the District Attorney’s office.

The Manhattan DA’s Hate Crimes Unit also is reviewing the incident, though to date, there is no evidence this was a hate crime, according to spokeswoman Emily Tuttle.

Jones was paroled last month after a seven-year period of incarceration for attempted murder, said Shea.

CNN has contacted Jones’ attorney, Edward McGowan, for comment.

Key factors driving a recent spike in hate crimes in NYC

Asked about this incident as well as the recent spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans, Shea said rhetoric and mental illness are key factors driving the spike.

“You really have to drill down on this mental illness piece,” Shea told Sciutto.”The police alone are not going to solve this problem. We need everyone really to come together here.”

In most of the recent hate crimes, the suspects were paroled recently, according to Shea.

A lifetime parolee assaulted a 65-year-old Asian woman in Midtown in broad daylight, an attack captured on video that included the alleged suspect kicking the victim’s head on the pavement.

“We got to make hard decisions and there’s got to be middle ground,” said Shea. “When you look at the individual that kicked the woman: paroled recently. When you look at the individual that, just stop and listen to this now slowly, slashes a mom, slashes a dad and then intentionally stabs a child, 1-year-old girl in a stroller: paroled last month.”

“So, something is clearly broken here,” said Shea. “We have to be compassionate, we have to help people, but we also can’t forget the people that live and work and come to New York City to enjoy everything that it offers, and you can’t be putting people on to the street and having them victimize New Yorkers without consequences.”

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