Four teens arrested in Rockland County hate crime

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RAMAPO – Ramapo Town Police Wednesday announced the arrests of four people in connection with a hate crime last weekend in Monsey in which pedestrians were being struck with BBs and eggs from a passing vehicle.

Three members of the Orthodox Jewish community were targeted by the suspects, who were all teenagers, who are facing charges of attempted assault as a hate crime, reckless endangerment as a hate crime, criminal possession of a weapon, conspiracy, aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police identified the suspects as Cody Vascak-Katchmar and Kristina Fogarty, both 19, an 18-year-old eligible for youthful offender status and a 17-year-old who was turned over to his parents.

Vascak-Katchmar was remanded to the Rockland County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Fogarty was released on $2,000 bail and the 18-year-old was released on $10,000 bail.

Ramapo Police Chief Martin Reilly said the police “take this crime very seriously.”