A melee broke out on a New York City subway train after a teenager harassed a Jewish man and told him “They should have killed all of you.”
According to the New York Daily News, Stephan Stowe, 17, and a group of eight friends approached a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke aboard a subway train on Monday.
“Assalamu Alaikum,” Stowe said to the man, using a common greeting among Muslims that means, “Peace be with you,” court documents allege.
The man ignored Stowe, and he became combative.
“You think you’re better than me?” the teen allegedly said. “We are cousins.”
“No we’re not,” The man shot back, and told Stowe to leave him alone.
“I’m going to kill you right now,” Stowe said, according to cops and court records. He then swore at the man, according to cops and court records, and in an apparent reference to the Holocaust added, “They should have killed all of you.”
The man alerted a conductor on the train and at the next stop police were waiting for him. But Stowe would not go quietly, which is what initiated the chaos that can be seen in the video below.
Stowe was arraigned on eight charges, including grand larceny, which was charged as a hate crime, resisting arrest and harassment.
Watch a video of the incident below: