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Arrest made in assault on Jewish diners outside LA restaurant

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Arrest made in assault on Jewish diners outside LA restaurant

Los Angeles police have arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with a shocking assault on a group of Jewish diners that was caught on video earlier this week.

Xavier Pabon, of Banning, Calif., was arrested late Friday with the assistance of the US Marshal Service task force at a home outside Los Angeles. He was initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon and initial bail was set at $275,000. The LAPD said it had requested enhanced bail “due to the crime being motivated by hatred.”

Investigators believe Pabon was part of a group that pulled up to Sushi Fumi restaurant in the Beverly Grove section of Los Angeles at around 10 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses said the group began to shout anti-Semitic slurs and throw bottles at diners.

“Somebody in one of the cars driving by started throwing glass bottles or glass cups at the tables and they shattered everywhere,” one woman told CBSLA, adding that a group of about 30 charged the tables and began asking, “Who’s Jewish?”

A male photographer, who said he was planning a wedding with several Jewish men and was attacked when he tried to defend the group he was with, described the violence as “a hate crime.”

“It was prepared,” he told CBSLA, adding, “they came to fight with Jewish people.”

Officials did not specify Pabon’s alleged role in the attack and did not say what weapon he was accused of using.

The LAPD credited tips from the public with assisting in the identification of Pabon and added that they were working to nab the other suspects in the assault.

The violence came amid a surge in anti-semitic incidents sparked by the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, which ended in a ceasefire Friday. On Thursday, the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Center on Extremism reported 193 potential hate crimes in the week after the fighting began May 10, compared to 131 the week before.

The ADL also recorded more than 17,000 tweets sent between May 7 and May 14 that used a variation of the phrase “Hitler was right.”

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Los Angeles dentist charged with sexually abusing female patients

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Los Angeles dentist charged with sexually abusing female patients

A Los Angeles dentist is accused of sexually abusing nine female patients at his office over the course of several years, officials announced Monday.

Emad Fathy Moawad, 50, was arrested and charged with over a dozen counts of sexual battery by restraint for allegedly molesting the women during procedures from 2013 to 2018, prosecutors said.

The victims ranged in age from 27 to 73.

“This case is especially concerning because its victims are low-income people and immigrants who are less likely to report crimes due to fear,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.

Moawad was jailed on nearly $2 million bail.

The charges come after Moawad was sued in 2019 by a patient who alleged he molested her while she was under anesthesia two years earlier, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Moawad’s alleged attacks stopped in December 2018 after a dental assistant recorded one of them, according to the suit.

With Post wires

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Chuck Schumer apologizes for using ‘retarded’ to describe disabled children

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Chuck Schumer apologizes for using 'retarded' to describe disabled children

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) apologized Monday for using the word “retarded” to describe disabled children during a podcast appearance over the weekend.

Schumer was a guest Sunday on the “1 NYCHA” podcast, which examines public housing and related issues, when the topic turned to historic opposition to low-income and other forms of public housing.

“When I first was an assemblyman, they wanted to build a congregate living place for retarded children,” recalled Schumer, who represented parts of Brooklyn in Albany between 1975 and 1980. “The whole neighborhood was against it! These are harmless kids. They just needed some help.

“We got it done,” Schumer added. “Took a while.”

Video of the podcast was posted on the “1 NYCHA” Facebook page with the word “retarded” deleted from the closed captioning.

“For decades, Sen. Schumer has been an ardent champion for enlightened policy and full funding of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro told the Post.

“He used an inappropriate and outdated word in his description of an effort he supported that was led by the AHRC to build a group home in his Brooklyn district decades ago to provide housing and services to children with developmental disabilities,” Roefaro added. “He is sincerely sorry for his use of the outdated and hurtful language.”

AHRC refers to the organization formerly known as the Association for the Help of Retarded Children. Since the period referenced by Schumer, the organization has dropped its name and only goes by the acronym.

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Vacationer dies snorkeling in Florida Keys

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A 25-year-old woman vacationing in the Florida keys died while snorkeling on Sunday, authorities said.

Katherine Boukharov was pulled to shore and given CPR after she was spotted face down and motionless in the water at Bahia Honda State Park, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.

Autopsy results are pending but foul play isn’t suspected, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Two other people have died while snorkeling elsewhere in the Florida Keys since April, the Miami Herald reported.

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