DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A man accused of an antisemitic attack faced a judge, and now the father of the victim is expressing his relief that a suspect will face charges.
Twenty-eight-year-old Tevin Grant appeared in bond court, Wednesday morning.
According to deputies, he punched and hurled slurs at a Jewish man who was riding his bike and speaking Hebrew on his phone, in early February.
Ronen Carny said he’s glad the man accused of punching his son has been arrested.
“You cannot be on the street like that and be a bully to people,” said Carny. “What he did was very bad. I don’t know why he did it, but it was very bad.”
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said the victim may have been attacked because he’s jewish.
“The victim told detectives that he was riding his bicycle while he was on the phone speaking in Hebrew when an unknown individual hurled an antisemitic slur at him and punched him in the face,” said BSO spokesperson Gerdy St. Louis.
BSO had been looking for the attacker ever since, and on Tuesday they arrested Grant. By Wednesday, he was in court.
“You’re charged on count one with aggravated battery causing bodily injury or disablement,” said the judge to Grant.
“They took him to the hospital,” said Carny. “He was in the hospital the whole night, and they gave him five stitches.”
The attack was captured on camera as were the following moments, when detectives said Grant got tried to fight some construction workers who witnessed the assault near the 2400 block of Stirling Road.
The Broward State Attorney’s office will determine whether a hate crime enhancement will be added to the initial charge.
Grant remains in jail, held on a $10,000 bond.
Meanwhile his alleged victim continues to heal.
“He’s still recovering right now, but he’s still traumatized, but hopefully he’ll be fine,” said Carny.
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