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Los Angeles, CA - LA Police Arrest Man For Ripping Wigs Off Heads Of Orthodox Jewish Women

Published on: November 8, 2018 09:53 AM
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A handcuffed man suspected of targeting Orthodox Jewish women and forcibly removing their wigs is escorted in the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood station on Nov. 7, 2018.A handcuffed man suspected of targeting Orthodox Jewish women and forcibly removing their wigs is escorted in the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood station on Nov. 7, 2018.

Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles police have arrested a man who they say has been snatching wigs off the heads of Orthodox Jewish women in North Hollywood, California.

The suspect was arrested at a home in Encino based on a tip investigators received after releasing video and images of the perpetrator earlier in the day Wednesday, Los Angeles police officials said.

Police believe the man, whose name was not immediately released, targeted the women because of their faith and are investigating it as a hate crime. He was seen being taken into the Police department’s North Hollywood station in handcuffs Wednesday night.

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Two of the incidents took place in September and one earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times reported.

One of the incidents took place on Yom Kippur. The man grabbed a big off the head of an 80-year-old woman, smiled and handed it back to her, police told the newspaper. Later that same day he ripped the wig off the head of a 36-year-old woman.

On Tuesday the suspect pulled the wig off of a 58-year-old woman, apologized in what police called a “sarcastic manner,” and threw the wig on the ground, according to the newspaper.

The rabbi for the Chabad of North Hollywood says that the entire community is on edge and says that this type of hate must stop.

“This is something for a Jewish woman which is so personal. This wig or this hair covering is something to them which is so important,” Rabbi Nachman Abend told CBS news. “To rip that off somebody’s head is crossing all lines and I’m really glad the LAPD considered this a hate crime.”

Police believe there may have been other unreported incidents.

“The suspect appears to have battered the women and targeted their wigs because of their religious beliefs. Orthodox Jewish women often wear wigs, scarfs or hats to cover their hair as a symbol of modesty,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.

One of the incidents was caught by a surveillance camera.



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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:00 AM Reb Yid Says:

"Orthodox Jewish women often wear wigs, scarfs or hats to cover their hair as a symbol of modesty"
LAPD just educated thousands of women about a din that so many had never heard of before.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 10:10 AM Normal Says:

Unfortunately another hair-raising story.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 12:10 PM Bezalel Says:

It's too bad that we Jews can't defend ourselves, even against such cowards.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 02:17 PM Anonymous Says:

his punishment should be to walk naked in the street and have all the women kick him where it counts

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 02:18 PM Charedi Jew Says:

Maybe he is just standing up for what the Chsam Sofer paskined - It is "Assur min Ha'Torah" to wear a wig. When wigs came out / or got popular among frum woman, many great poskim said it was Assur including the Zemach Tzedek of Lubavitch.
To be honest Shetiels makes a woman look much better, so what is it really accomplishing?? Go to any Frum wedding and the go a non frum wedding where the middle age or older ladies have sprayed on hair stiffeners, The frum woman have long blond shetiel's down to their t..... with all kind of highlights, that they paid Dini Wigs several thousand dollar (which they don't even have). Figure this one out!

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 04:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Charedi Jew Says:

Maybe he is just standing up for what the Chsam Sofer paskined - It is "Assur min Ha'Torah" to wear a wig. When wigs came out / or got popular among frum woman, many great poskim said it was Assur including the Zemach Tzedek of Lubavitch.
To be honest Shetiels makes a woman look much better, so what is it really accomplishing?? Go to any Frum wedding and the go a non frum wedding where the middle age or older ladies have sprayed on hair stiffeners, The frum woman have long blond shetiel's down to their t..... with all kind of highlights, that they paid Dini Wigs several thousand dollar (which they don't even have). Figure this one out!

Sounds like you spend a lot of time looking at and fantasizing about women.

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 Nov 08, 2018 at 06:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Charedi Jew Says:

Maybe he is just standing up for what the Chsam Sofer paskined - It is "Assur min Ha'Torah" to wear a wig. When wigs came out / or got popular among frum woman, many great poskim said it was Assur including the Zemach Tzedek of Lubavitch.
To be honest Shetiels makes a woman look much better, so what is it really accomplishing?? Go to any Frum wedding and the go a non frum wedding where the middle age or older ladies have sprayed on hair stiffeners, The frum woman have long blond shetiel's down to their t..... with all kind of highlights, that they paid Dini Wigs several thousand dollar (which they don't even have). Figure this one out!

Oh, stop it. Yesh al mi lismoch when it comes to wearing wigs.

You want to be machmir on yourself, fine. But don't preach you're chumrahs to people who will abide by their poskim.

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