Rockland County, NY - Paintball Shooting Suspects Held On Bail; Told Police They Went To "Monsey To Shoot Jews"
Rockland County, NY - The three suspects charged with shooting at members of Ramapo’s Jewish volunteer group Chaverim with an assault-rifle-style paintball gun while yelling anti-Semitic slurs late Wednesday night were arraigned in Ramapo Town Court on Thursday and transported to Rockland County Jail after informing the court that they could not afford to post bail.
LOHUD.com (http://lohud.us/1cgSMjU) is reporting that all three suspects; Shashi Ramsaroop, 23, of North Carolina and formerly of 31 Cottage Place, Nanuet; Lindsey Peaks, 20, of North Carolina and formerly of 55 Ewing Ave., Spring Valley; and Demetrius Latrell Toraine, 19, of 244 N. Main St., Spring Valley were charged with one count each of felony second-degree assault as a hate crime, as well as with two misdemeanor counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, and singular counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and third-degree criminal tampering.
Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence said the suspects informed police while being interviewed that they went to “Monsey to shoot Jews.”
“This is a hate crime,” said St. Lawrence.
Bail for Ramsaroop, who police say is the shooter, was set at $50,000, while bail for both Peaks and Toraine, who police say is Peak’s brother, was set at $25,000.
As Judge David Stein stated the names of the victims in issuing an order that the suspects stay away from them should they make bail, Ramsaroop snapped, “I don’t even know what they look like.”
“I don’t have $50,000,” Ramsaroop told Judge Stein.
Ramsaroop and Peaks told the judge that they are engaged to be married and that Peaks is pregnant.
The couple said in court that they are former Rockland residents who currently reside in North Carolina, but had returned for a visit.
Community leaders are urging calm amid an already tension-filled climate between Ramapo’s Orthodox Jewish community and immigrant and black communities over zoning and public school funding issues.
“I don’t want people to get over-excited,” said Yossi Gestetner, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish Blooger. “It’s a serious case. It’s not a joke. But I don’t’ want people to push buttons that will not be helpful and will divide our town and community more than it already is.”
All three suspects are due back in court on August 13th.
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