Clelia Pianho, 46, and Paulo Pianho, 35, approached three men shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sunday near Ross Street and Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, police sources told CBS2.READ MORE: Woman Wanted For Allegedly Punching MTA Employee In The Face At Times Square Subway Station
The suspects allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks, then grabbed one man’s face mask and punched him in the face.READ MORE: Metro-North Penn Station Access Project Allowed To Resume, 4 New Stations To Be Added In The Bronx
A scuffle broke out, and police arrested the suspects on the scene. They were each charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime.
“Whether it is this horrible anti-Semitic act that we saw or the horrible anti-Asian acts we saw in previous weeks, none of these acts of bias or discrimination are acceptable in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during Monday’s coronavirus briefing.MORE NEWS: Police Trying To Identify Man Wanted After Woman Stabbed On Brooklyn Subway Platform
Last month, the city’s human rights commission said there had been 248 reports of harassment and discrimination tied to the outbreak since February.