Two men charged in anti-Semitic hate crime incident at Los Angeles restaurant
Xavier Pabon, 30, and Samer Jayylusi, 36, have each been charged with two counts of forcible assault that could cause serious bodily harm, the public prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
They are accused of assaulting two men outside the restaurant because of their religion, the statement said.
“The criminal complaint also includes an allegation of hate crime,” the statement said.
On May 18, Pabon and Jayylusi were said to have been part of a trailer that drove past a sushi restaurant where the altercation with diners later took place, the statement said.
CNN is trying to identify Pabon and Jayylusi’s lawyers.
Witnesses report that Jews dining at the restaurant were targeted by a group of pro-Palestinian men walking past vehicles.
Video obtained by CNN showed a number of cars passing the restaurant that appeared to fit the description provided by police with passengers waving Palestinian flags and exchanging anti-Israel slogans and name-calling with people outside the area. restaurant.
A woman who said she was having dinner at the restaurant told CNN that people in the cars started throwing bottles at them and yelling anti-Semitic slurs, including the words “dirty Jew.”
At least some of the pro-Palestinian men got out of their vehicles and started attacking people, witnesses said.
The altercation came amid days of violence between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.
“We watched from the window at the guys sitting at the table next to us being beaten up as they (the attackers) asked ‘who is a Jew’ and shouted ‘dirty Jew’ and ‘Israel is killing children’ and ‘dead to Israel, ‘said the woman.
“A hate crime is a crime against all of us,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. “My office is committed to doing everything in our power to make Los Angeles County a place where our diversity is embraced and protected.”
Jayylusi was due to be brought to justice on Tuesday. Pabon’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday, prosecutors said.
The case is still under investigation by Los Angeles Police.