The Macomb Daily

Man faces charges of ethnic intimidati­on

- By Brian Johnston bjohnston@medianewsg­

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced a Dearborn man has been charged with two counts of ethnic intimidati­on, stemming from a reported incident on Friday, Dec. 2.

Hassan Yehia Chokr, 35, is accused of making “anti-Semitic and racist threats” toward parents, children and school security personnel at a Bloomfield Township preschool and synagogue.

Chokr was taken into custody by the Dearborn Police Department, pending arraignmen­t.

In a written statement on Facebook, McDonald wrote, “Anti-Semitic and racist threats or ethnic intimidati­on of any kind, will not be tolerated in our community, and every such incident will be investigat­ed and prosecuted toward the fullest extend of the law.”

“Our office created Oakland County’s first hate crimes unit a little over a year ago to give us the resources needed to call out, investigat­e and prosecute these serious crimes,” McDonald wrote.

The Dearborn Police Department coordinate­d with the Bloomfield Township Police Department, keeping Chokr in custody until he is arraigned.

“We stand with the Jewish Community in condemning this incident and speaking out against antisemiti­sm everywhere,” McDonald wrote.

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