Anti-Semitic graffiti at E. 5th St. Brooklyn
Police nabbed a Jewish man Monday who was wanted for a string of anti-Semitic hate crimes since December, police sources said.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force tracked down David Haddad, 56, after several complaints were made - one by a relative and at least one other by a person known to him - for harassing them by phone and scribbling anti-Semitic symbols on apartment doors.
“He told detectives he’s Jewish but not practicing,” one source said.
Haddad, a building manager who lives on 8th Ave. in Chelsea, was arrested at his job Monday after the task force traced at least one of his phone calls, police saidPOl. He was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime, police said.
He quickly lawyered-up and wouldn’t speak to police, another source said, but sources said a business dispute with family members may be the motive for the crimes.
The bias criminal first struck on Dec. 11 around noon when he repeatedly called an 80-year-old Brooklyn woman at her home and threatened her while spouting anti—Semitic epithets.
Around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, cops said, Haddad called a woman and threatened her in her Chelsea apartment building, where cops also found racist graffiti on five apartment doors and along the hallway of the residence.
Over the next two days, Haddad preyed on an 87-year-old Chelsea woman and a 78-year-old Brooklyn woman, subjecting them to anti—Semitic threats over the phone and on a voicemail message, cops said.
Police believe he may also be responsible for the spree this past weekend including spray-painted swastikas and the words “Die Jews” on garage doors on E. Fifth St. in Midwood, the source said.