A man is caught for tearing off the wigs from the heads of three unsuspecting orthodox Jewish women in California.
The first two incidents took place on the most holy days in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur.
The man, who had not yet been identified, would have approached an 80-year-old woman who was walking in North Hollywood when she noticed that a man was following her.
The police arrested Wednesday a man suspected of a series of attacks against orthodox Jewish women in the North Hollywood area
The man who saw the wigs of Orthodox Jewish women was seen and is being investigated as a hate crime
When the stranger approached her, he snatched the wig from her head before he smiled and gave him back.
He then walked away without saying a word, the police said.
On the same day, a man of 36 who tried to pull the wig out of her wig was taken to a 36-year-old woman.
The man then stopped for a few days before approaching a 58-year-old woman who was loading her before she chopped off her wig.
& # 39; Oh, I'm sorry! & # 39; he said one more time before he threw the expensive wig on the floor and walked away.
& # 39; The suspect seems to have beaten the women and targeted their wigs because of their religious beliefs, & # 39; the police said in a statement.
The anti-Semitic man, who was not immediately identified, was detained on suspicion of battery on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"This is something for a Jewish woman who is so personal," Rabbi Nachman Abend told CBS Los Angeles. & # 39; This wig or this hair covering is something for them that is so important. To take that away from someone's head, I cross all lines and I'm really glad that the LAPD considered this a hate crime. & # 39;
Orthodox Jewish women usually wear wigs as a symbol of modesty after marrying. The wigs are also considered a blessing.
Orthodox Jewish women usually wear wigs as a symbol of modesty after marrying. The wigs are also considered a blessing
Attacks on the Jewish community have become an increasing concern in recent weeks for local law enforcement, after a gunman stormed the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people in late October.
The archer, the 46-year-old Robert Bowers, explicitly stated that he wants to kill Jews while he is involved in a gunfight with the police.
Anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise nationally, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which follows such incidents on the basis of reports from police and news publications.
There were 1,986 such incidents in 2017, a 57% jump from the previous year, according to data collected by the ADL.