The video makes it extremely likely that this was a deliberate act. The driver’s name is Shokhobiddin Bakhritdinov. Shokhobiddin is a name that is common in Tajikistan, which is 98% Muslim, and Uzbekistan, which is 88% Muslim.
New York Daily News, (h/t JihadWatch) A Muslim minivan driver was caught on camera backing up into five Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn and then speeding off — only to be nabbed a day later when a neighborhood watch group spotted his vehicle, cops said Monday.
Surveillance video shows the minivan, parked at Wythe and Rutledge Aves. in Williamsburg, backing up, even though there are no cars parked in front of it, and striking the victims, who topple like dominoes, about 10:15 p.m. Saturday. The driver initially remained at the scene, with at least one witness motioning to him, but then drove off, police said….
On Sunday, members of Shomrim, a volunteer neighborhood patrol, saw the minivan parked on Franklin Ave. near Park Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Police were notified and Shokhobiddin Bakhritdinov, 26, was arrested a short time later.
The Islamic State (ISIS) issued this call:
You should try to kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war against the Islamic State in any manner or way however it may be….If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him….
Bakhritdinov was arraigned Monday on charges of misdemeanor assault and leaving the scene of an accident and released on his own recognizance. (Misdemeanor assault? It was obviously attempted murder)
Judge Maria Aragona decided not to suspend Bakhritdinov’s driver’s license, after his lawyer, Jack Brewer, described his actions as a “mistake in driving.” (a mistake? ???)
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