Man arrested for ripping wigs off Orthodox Jewish women

NEW YORK POST:

A man was busted this week for ripping wigs off the heads of three unsuspecting Orthodox Jewish women in California, according to local police.

The first two incidents occurred in September on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar.

In the first incident, an 80-year-old woman was walking on Bellaire Avenue and Burbank Boulevard in North Hollywood when she noticed a man following her, the Los Angeles Police Department said. When she reached Chandler Boulevard, the stranger approached her, snatched the wig off her head, smiled and handed it back to her before walking away without saying a word, cops said.

Later that day, a 36-year-old woman was walking on Chandler Boulevard at Bellaire Avenue when the same man attempted to pull her wig off, according to police.

The anti-Semitic bully laid low until Tuesday — when he approached a 58-year-old woman loading music equipment into her car at Laurel Canyon and Burbank Boulevard before pulling her wig off her head.

“Oh, I’m sorry,” he scoffed before tossing the wig on the ground and walking away, according to police.

All three victims are part of the Orthodox Jewish community living in the neighborhood, cops said.

“The suspect appears to have battered the women and targeted their wigs because of their religious beliefs,” police said in a statement.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of battery, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“This is something for a Jewish woman which is so personal,” Rabbi Nachman Abend told CBS Los Angeles. “This wig or this hair covering is something to them which is so important. To rip that off somebody’s head is crossing all lines and I’m really glad the LAPD considered this a hate crime.”

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