Brooklyn, NY – Police say a Brooklyn man who harassed four others and called for “Arab blood” has been arrested on a charge of menacing as a hate crime.
Police arrested James Samways on the misdemeanor charge early Sunday in Brooklyn’s Marine Park neighborhood.
Police say the 40-year-old Samways, yelling obscenities, first trailed the men as they walked Saturday night.
They say Samways then approached them with what appeared to be a silver handgun and yelled: “I want to see Arab blood in the streets. I am an Israeli. Go back to Mecca.”
Police say the men called 911. At least three of the four men are of Asian-Pacific descent. No weapon was recovered.
Samways was in custody and unavailable to comment. A phone number listed to his Brooklyn address wasn’t in service.