Brooklyn Hasidic man on the lam in Israel after racial beating to be extradited

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.

oyaniv@nydailynews.com

6 Responses to “Brooklyn Hasidic man on the lam in Israel after racial beating to be extradited”

  1. Toshav Says:

    I came to shul this shabbos expecting this shuchat thing to be the conversation of the day and was surprised to discover that it wasn’t.

    i guess this is old news that nobody cares about or just maybe the truth carries more wait.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I’m chas vesholom not advocating anything.

    No one is allowed to take the law into his/her own hands!!!

    I just came across this video/story of how Reb Yitzchock dealt with a (potential) Moiser…

    http://www.chabad.org//1586481

  3. Couple Target Of Hundreds Of 911 Prank Calls Says:

    EW YORK (CBSNewYork) – For the past two years, a Manhattan couple has opened their door hundreds of times for police or firefighters responding to emergency calls they never made.

    1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reports a prankster has been calling 911 up to three times a day giving Mamadou and Assetou Sy’s address in the Dyckman Houses in Inwood.

    “In less than six months, they got 200 calls,” Mamadou Sy said. “This is sickening.”

    Police have showed up at the apartment for fake fires, fake gunshots and fake injuries.

    They have not been able to trace the calls and Sy said he did not recognize the voice of the prankster on the 911 calls.

    “I’m scared, my wife is scared, my daughter will go to the college and said she has nightmares, she can’t even study,” Sy said.

    Sy said he and his wife came from Mali 17 years ago to live the American dream, and this is a nightmare.

    Assetou said what upsets her most is seeing the emergency responders’ time wasted.

    “I really feel sorry for them, I feel sorry for myself and my family, but I feel sorry for them,” she said.

    The NYPD is continuing the investigation and police will continue to respond to each call.

  4. CHER Says:

    Why wont the CHJCC and their Beth Din come out in support of Shuchat, isn’t he one of their own?

  5. Bfeirush in Fartscroll Says:

    This guy looks like a child molester in training, like he’s Sanduskied more than his fair share of yutes, why bring him back to the US?

  6. Hasidic Man To Be Tried For Crown Heights Beating Says:

    On a street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn nearly four years ago, Andrew Charles was beaten. Then 20 years old, Charles was allegedly maced and bludgeoned with a baton. Yitzchak Shuchat, a member of the Shmira, a Hasidic community patrol in Crown Heights, is charged with the crime.

    Since then, Charles, according to his mother Wendy Craigg, has not recovered in spirit.

    “It’s like he gave up on life. He gave up on himself, because of what happened to him,” said Craigg.

    The beating brought back memories, triggering tensions that exploded during the deadly Crown Heights riots 20 years ago.

    Then the neighborhood was splintered, divided between the black and Hasidic communities.

    “Since then and now, a lot has changed,” said Craigg.

    Shuchat was now extradited from Israel to stand trial in Brooklyn on hate crime charges.

    ”If he was not guilty of what he did, then he would not have fled in the first place,“ said Craigg.

    Charles’ family is relieved.

    ”I think [Andrew] is happy now, because he is going to get some sort of closure to the situation,“ said Craigg.

    The Brooklyn district attorney’s office could not say when Shuchat would arrive back in the borough.

    Community leaders do not fear the trial will aggravate racial tensions that have been gradually dissipating.

    ”I think the level of hostility has de-escalated in the community because now people are beginning to understand each other,“ said the Reverend Taharka Robinson of the Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition.

    Jewish leaders agree.

    ”We’ve worked to introduce the leaders to one another and it’s not as if people were living in two separate communities that just happened to be one house next to another. They really know they have a shared neighborhood, a shared community, a shared fate,” said David Pollock of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

    Twenty years after the Crown Heights riots and nearly four years after the beating of Andrew Charles, activists say Crown Heights has come a long way and they now say it is one community.

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