DA: Probe Shows Hate Crime, Arson Pose No Larger Threat to Area Jews

Jan. 7, 2020

DA: Probe shows hate crime, arson pose no larger threat to area Jews

Authorities say a monthslong campaign of harassment directed at an Amherst family doesn’t pose a threat to the wider Jewish community.

An 18-year-old Amherst man is charged with a hate crime after, prosecutors say, he barraged a Jewish acquaintance with threatening phone calls and text messages.

Police also are looking into a fire set at the victim’s home last month.

“The initial investigation into the arson reveals that there appears to be an anti-Semitic component to the crime,” the Erie County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday morning. “However, the initial investigation also reveals that this appears to be an isolated incident directed at a specific member of the household.”
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