A Florida jogger was busted this week after allegedly attacking two groups of Orthodox Jews as they returned home from temple after Sabbath services.
“I’ll show you,” Daniel Valerivich Starikov, 33, told the first group while clenching his fists, according to a police report of the sickening March 22 incident obtained by the Miami Herald.
“I’m going to shove my d–k down your throats. You Jews, I’m gonna get you,” he allegedly said, according to the report.
Minutes later, Bal Harbour police said Starikov then approached a second group of Jews on Collins Avenue several blocks away and spat on two elderly people after making a noise that sounded like “blowing a raspberry,” the report states.
Most of the men in both groups were wearing yarmulkes at the time and both groups told responding cops that they felt targeted due to the faith, police said.
Starikov was arrested Wednesday after a review of surveillance cameras in the area. He’s now being held without bond at a jail in Miami on charges of battery on persons 65 years or older and assault while evidencing prejudice, online records show.
Starikov was released from custody in March pending trial on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence, the Herald reports.
Starikov’s mother, meanwhile, insisted that her son is not an anti-Semite, saying his alleged actions are the result of ongoing struggles with substance abuse.
“We are saddened people were hurt,” Valery Starikov told WPLG. “He is seeking help for his alcohol-related issues.”
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle told WSVN that her office is now considering whether to charge Starikov with a hate crime.
“[It’s] such a sad thing when people are people are in any way attacked because of who they are,” Fernandez-Rundle told the station. “When they see these kinds of cases, we’re very aggressive about doing what we can to ascertain if it is a hate crime, and if it is a hate crime, it means it’s an enhancement of punishment.”
One resident of Bal Harbour, a village of roughly 2,500 people, said the sickening allegations had left him concerned.
“It makes me feel terrible,” resident Stu Goldstein told WSVN. “It’s a horrible thing to see going on in this country, not only in Surfside or in Bal Harbour, but I hear about it and read about it in the media all over the country. It’s a terrible amount of anti-Semitism.”
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