[CHI] A Crown Heights man was arrested Erev Yom Tov for committing an act of vandalism that injured a number of people. Police have charged Gilad Bazel with criminal mischief for pouring oil on the sidewalk near the Basil restaurant.
Police sources indicated that this incident follows an ongoing dispute between Gilad Bazel, who manages the Eshel Hachnosas Orchim Hotel on Kingston Avenue, and the neighboring restaurant Basil.
On Tuesday, a number of people reportedly slipped on a large oil spill in front of the restaurant, falling down and getting injured. Complaints were file with the 77th precinct and detectives who investigated the incident found surveillance video, and determined that it was Bazel who spilled the oil.
Wednesday, after Bazel was arrested, Basil chef José Edgardo Soto was seen sitting on an Eastern Parkway bench with Mendy Hendel, owner of Eshel [Chabad Lubavitch Hospitality Center’ – Eshel Hachnosas Orchim], and having a conversation. The photo was sent in by a reader with an attached note “Hendel convincing the Basil chef to drop the charges.” CrownHeights.info could not independently verify this statement.
Police sources told CrownHeights.info that Bazel will be given a Desk Appearance Ticket and will be released in time for Yom Tov.
Gilad Bazel is an associate/henchman of Mendel Hendel who manages all of Hendels “activities”.