Lloyd, NY - Local Teens Arrested For Harassing Jewish Campers At Machne Karlin Stolin
Lloyd, NY - Three 18 year olds were arrested this past Thursday night after reportedly throwing objects at campers in a Chasidic boys camp in Ulster county.
Staff members at Camp Karlin Stolin reported the incident, which took place at approximately 6 PM, to Town of Lloyd Police. Campers told authorities that a car drove down N. Chodikee Lake Road, which runs through the center of the camp, with the vehicle’s occupants throwing items into the camp while saying something to the campers.
“They couldn’t hear exactly what was being said but it was clear that they weren’t just saying ‘Hi,’” Lieutenant James Janso of the Lloyd Police Department told VIN News. “They threw soda bottles and loose change at the kids, though they didn’t know exactly what was being thrown at the time.”
Armed with a description of the vehicle, police were able to quickly apprehend the culprits.
“Officers located the car about an hour and a half later,” said Lieutenant Janso. “It is a back road with not too many cars out there. The three teens were in the vicinity and through our investigation we were able to identify them.”
Brandon C. Mack, Ariel A. Sanchez and Travis J. Cuvelier, all residents of Highland, were arrested. All three were charged with Conspiracy 6th Degree. Because the incident appears to involve religious bias, Cuvelier and Sanchez were also charged with Aggravated Harassment 2nd Degree.
“We don’t know exactly what verbiage was used but there were things said,” said Lieutenant Janso. “Obviously when someone drives through a camp saying things in an incident like this, there is intent to harass.”
Camp Karlin Stolin is located at the site of the former Camp Torah Vodaath. Lieutenant Janso, a lifelong resident of Highland, says that the location has been home to a Jewish camp for decades and that incidents of this nature are rare.
“We have a good relationship with the camp and with the residents out there,” said Lieutenant Janso. “We meet with them during the year to discuss any issues. People have been coming up for the season for years and it is unfortunate that this event took place. I am sure that these kids will learn a lesson and will use better judgment next time.”
All three of the teens were released on appearance tickets and are due to appear in the Town of Lloyd court on July 30th.
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