NY: Muslim Who Helped Stop Attack Gets Award


NEW YORK A 19-year-old charged in an attack on a group of Jewish subway riders who were wishing other riders "Happy Hanukkah" has been jailed in a separate hate crime.

Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun says Joseph Jirovec breached a plea deal by getting arrested for the attack on the Q train in Brooklyn.

That deal would have allowed him to serve six months in prison on a prior hate crime charge for the robbery of four black teens.

A hearing is set for next week to determine if Jirovec should get a stiffer sentence.

Defense lawyer Peter Mollo says his client is not guilty of a hate crime against the group of Jewish subway riders.

A Muslim student helped stop an attack on four Jewish subway riders.

Attack victim Walter Adler has called Hassan Askari a hero for intervening when Adler and three friends were assaulted on a train in lower Manhattan last month after they were heard saying "Happy Hanukkah."

Askari tried to fight off the 10 attackers, giving Adler a chance to summon police by pulling an emergency brake.

Eight men and two women have pleaded not guilty to assault, menacing and other charges.


 


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