Driver allegedly tries to hit men leaving LA synagogue
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are investigating a motorist’s alleged attempt to run down two men leaving a synagogue as a hate crime.
Deputy Chief Horace Frank told a press conference Monday that the driver yelled anti-Semitic remarks at the men Friday night, made a U-turn and drove at the pair, who took cover behind a car and an electrical box.
Frank says the driver made another U-turn and targeted the men, then tried to speed away but crashed into another car.
Frank says the suspect is identified as 32-year-old Mohamed Mohamed Abdi, who was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and is now a U.S. citizen. He was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and remains jailed.
The FBI has joined the police investigation.