Wild Brooklyn melee erupts as NYPD arrests Muslim teen for allegedly taunting Jewish subway rider
Stowe, 17, was charged with harassment after telling Jewish rider ‘They
should have killed all of you.’ Police also wrestled a woman to the
ground and arrested her after angry onlookers swarmed the station's
platform, snapping video and yelling at cops during the incident.
The attempted arrest of an allegedly hate-mongering teen aboard a Brooklyn subway quickly turned into a wild showdown between cops and a roiled mob, according to sources and video obtained by the Daily News.
The melee began when suspect Stephan Stowe, 17, and a group of eight friends approached a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke aboard a Brooklyn-bound 3 train just before 3 p.m.
Monday, police sources said Wednesday.
"Assalamu Alaikum," Stowe said to the man, using a common greeting among Muslims that means, "Peace be with you," court documents allege.
When the man ignored the greeting, Stowe allegedly became combative.
"You think you're better than me?" the teen allegedly said. "We are cousins."
"No we’re not," The man shot back, and told Stowe to leave him alone.
The suspect then started hurling ethnic slurs and called the man disrespectful, according to court papers.