Livery Driver Arrested Over ‘Kill Jews’ Notes

MINEOLA, NY (CBSNewYork) – A former Brooklyn car service driver is accused of writing threatening, anti-Jewish notes on torn-up vouchers and dropping them around Long Island.

The former cabbie, 37-year-old Demestrios Apolonides, has been arrested. When he dropped fares in Nassau County, police say he also dropped small slips of paper with a hateful message, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery.

Police told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall that on at least nine occasions from September 2009 to March 2010, Apolonides, while driving a Lincoln Town Car for the XYZ car service company, would leave the threatening papers.

“He engaged in a practice of taking small pieces of paper, approximately one inch by three inches, with the words, ‘kill Jews’ on it, and he would distribute it wherever his duties would take him,” Nassau County Police Lieutenant Kevin Smith said.
Apolonides, who lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, worked as a driver for the XYZ car service in Brooklyn.
A close-up of one of the notes threatening Jews in Nassau County - Mineola, NY - Nov 3, 2010 - Photo: Mona Rivera / 1010 WINS

A close-up of the notes threatening Jews in Nassau County - Mineola, NY - Nov 3, 2010 - Photo: Mona Rivera / 1010 WINS

Over a six month period, the disturbing messages were left on the ground at nine locations. The locations, apparently chosen at random, included Port Washington, the Munsey Park section of Manhasset, two locations in Rockville Centre, and three slips of paper dropped in West Hempstead.

When detectives literally put the pieces together, they solved a puzzle, and a critical piece of evidence.

“They found on the reverse side that there was a form, and on the form was printed the XYZ cab company,” Lt. Smith said.

Police say detectives could put Apolonides near all the locations.

“He’s a good, normal, hard-working guy,” Apolonides’ attorney, Joe Coluccio, said.

In court, the prosecutor indicated the motive may not be as clear-cut as it appears, but was an effort to bring blame upon Muslims, creating strife between Muslims and Jews.

Apolonides pleaded not guilty to nine counts of second-degree aggravated harassment as a hate crime. Prosecutors say there are similar open cases in both New York City and Scarsdale.

If convicted, he could face up to four years in prison.

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  • moshe

    I agree. Where is the threat? Who did he harass?

    • Gerald Waldman

      He harassed Jews, you idiot, and I don’t really believe your name is “Moshe” if you don’t understand that.

  • Perri

    so disrespectful to the jews…

  • jc

    a true idiot these were dropped on my corner
    why should i put up with this and it doesnt matter that i am not jewish it is uncalled for

  • K

    He did nothing wrong legally except for litter! Sentence him for that.

    • Gerald Waldman

      I guess you can’t read! He’s charged with “nine counts of second-degree aggravated harassment as a hate crime”. That ain’t littering!

  • J

    What ever happened to freedom of speech?

    • vincent

      I found some of these a few times on the residential streets in Bay Ridge Brooklyn in the past 10 months

  • yochanan

    anti semitic bigot

  • charlie

    narrow minded idiot send him back asap or ship him to israel they will take care of him.i will pay for his ticket there is a lot of room in cargo.

  • Sal

    Just look at him.
    Not exactly the brightest bulb.

  • mattman

    NUT JOB!

  • valerie

    Widow Maker, you’re the problem if you preach such hatred!

  • Roy

    Deport him back to his native country,we have enough hate,without this idiot encouraging it……………

  • JD

    what an idiot

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