(JTA) – A man suspected of anti-Semitic hate crimes injured two New York police detectives who came to his home to search it.
Oliver Vukicevic, 26, lightly injured the two New York Police Department detectives Wednesday at his East Harlem apartment, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) thanked the detectives from NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force. They had come there with a search warrant because of complaints that Vukicevic delivered anti-Semitic letters and placed swastikas on the doors of his Jewish neighbours.
According to reports, Vukicevic attacked detectives with a kitchen knife and injured both of them, one in the head.
“We were appalled to learn that two of New York’s finest were injured in the line of duty while pursuing a hate crimes investigation,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL’s New York regional director. He added ADL is grateful for the unit’s work.
Vukicevic, who according to police was injured while resisting arrest, was hit with multiple charges, including attempted murder, felony assault and 15 counts of stalking and aggravated harassment, police sources told the Daily News.
He was hospitalized after the arrest, and has yet to be arraigned in Manhattan criminal court.