[Jerusalem Post] A Suspect who allegedly beat 2 African Americans in Brooklyn in 2008 and then escaped to Israel was arrested and now faces Extradition to the U.S.
The international department of the State Attorney’s Office petitioned the Jerusalem District Court on Sunday to determine whether 28-year-old Yitzchak Shuchat can be extradited to the United States. Shuchat is wanted in the New York on hate crime charges, having allegedly beaten two African Americans in April 2008.
According to the extradition request, Shuchat attacked the men with a wooden club in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, without provocation. The beating cause one of the men serious injuries and an arrest warrant was issued for Shuchat for second degree assault and hate crime.
The assault was defined as a hate crime because the parties did not know each other prior to the attack and because there was no other apparent motive. The extradition request also pointed to tense relations between Jews and African Americans in the neighborhood as a reason to believe that race was a factor.
The extradition request stated that Shuchat escaped to Canada three weeks after the attack and then came to Israel three days later. Shuchat is an Israeli citizen, but prior to 2008 had only visited rarely.
In its petition the state asked the court to agree to extradition since the appropriate causes existed.
Shuchat was arrested on Sunday and will go before the court on Monday for the hearing.
Prosecution asks U.S. to extradite a suspect in the killing of a young Afro -American
Last Updated: 18:20, 05/29/2011
United States [District] Attorney’s Office asks Israel to extradite Yitzhak Schochet, an American citizen age 28, who is suspected of attacking African American boy in New York in 2008. According to the prosecution, Shuchat arrived in a car stopped near the victim, hit him several times with a club, and fled the scene.
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