Yitzak Shuchat found hiding in Tel Aviv suburb
BY Simone Weichselbaum & Oren Yaniv
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A Brooklyn Hasidic man will soon be shipped back from Israel to answer charges that he beat up a police officer’s son in a racially motivated attack.
A Jerusalem court Thursday approved the extradition of Yitzhak Shuchat, 28, who’s been indicted for assault as a hate crime and other counts for the alleged baton beatdown of Andrew Charles in 2008.
The suspect’s flight from prosecution was exclusively reported by the Daily News.
“That’s great. My son is finally getting the justice he deserves,” the victim’s father, Moses Charles, told The News upon hearing of the court’s ruling. “The system is actually working.”
The elder Charles, an NYPD officer, has railed against Shuchat’s hiding in plain sight in Israel.
Shuchat, who was a member of the Shmira civilian patrol, is accused of using a wooden stick to pummel Charles, a black man who was 20 then, in Crown Heights.
The suspect’s whereabouts only became known a year ago after a member of a rival patrol believed he was being harassed by him from overseas. A private investigator then easily located Shuchat living in Lod, a Tel Aviv suburb.
He was finally busted in May, 2011, three years after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He fled to Israel through Canada in May 2008.
A number of his relatives, reached in Israel Thursday, declined to comment.
It’s not clear when Shuchat, who has been under house arrest, will arrive back in Brooklyn.