13-Year-Old Arrested for Targeting Two Sikh Teens in Alleged Long Island Mall Assault

Members of the Sikh community on Long Island have been pushing for criminal charges after the two teenage boys said they...

A 13-year-old Long Island teen was arrested and charged with a hate crime offense for allegedly punching another teen and making bias comments, police said...

...Bindra recalled one of the attackers saying, "Hey, Mohammed, come here. I'll knock that ball off your head."

That's when the confrontation allegedly turned physical. One of the teens punched his friend, Chaz Bedi, in the face while others recorded the incident on their phones. The teen who was punched didn't suffer serious injuries.

On Friday, police in Suffolk County announced the arrest of a 13-year-old on the charge of aggravated harassment as a hate crime. He was arrested late Thursday evening at the Second Precinct and will be arraigned at Suffolk County Family Court at a later date...

...Chaz's father, Satbir Singh, said that the arrest highlights the importance of reporting hate crimes.

"Don't be scared of reporting a hate crime, because when you don't report a hate crime, you're actually feeding the hate," Singh said.

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