Arrest Made in Hate Crime Against Sikh Teen in New York City

Arrest in Hate Crime: Perpetrator Apprehended for Assault on Sikh Teen in New York City. A Step Towards Justice and Safety for All Communities.

Oct 21, 2023 - 09:03
Oct 21, 2023 - 09:04
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Arrest Made in Hate Crime Against Sikh Teen in New York City
Arrest Made in Hate Crime Against Sikh Teen in New York City

A 26-year-old man, Christopher Philippeaux, has been arrested in New York City for a hate crime targeting a Sikh teenager. The incident occurred on a city bus near 118th Street and Liberty Avenue in Queens on October 15. Philippeaux, who had been conditionally released on parole in July 2021 after serving over two years in prison for attempted robbery, verbally confronted the 19-year-old Sikh boy, telling him, "We don't wear that in this country," referring to the turban he was wearing.

Philippeaux went on to insist that the teenager remove his mask. He then proceeded to physically assault the victim, striking him in the face, back, and head, causing cuts and pain. Additionally, he attempted to forcibly remove the turban from the teen's head before fleeing the bus and running along Liberty Avenue.

This is not the first time Philippeaux has been involved in criminal activities. He has faced other arrests, including a recent case of obstructing governmental administration in Brooklyn last month. Details of this case have been sealed.

The young Sikh victim expressed his feelings about the incident, stating that he is both shaken and angered by the attack. Community activist Japneet Singh emphasized the trauma experienced by the victim and the deep concern of his family. Although the victim declined immediate medical attention, his injuries are significant enough to prevent him from working for the next few days.

Shanifah Rieara, the Acting Chief Customer Officer at MTA, expressed her strong reaction to the incident, emphasizing that New York City is a diverse and welcoming community. She noted that the perpetrator had only been in the city for about a year, and his actions do not align with the values of inclusivity that the city upholds.

The arrest of Christopher Philippeaux marks a step towards justice for the Sikh teen, as authorities work to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents, regardless of their appearance or beliefs.

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