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Suspect in Lakewood assaults is charged with federal hate crimes

Dion Marsh allegedly assaulted four Orthodox Jews on April 8

By Joey Fox, April 20 2022 10:41 am

Dion Marsh, a Manchester resident who allegedly attacked four Orthodox Jewish residents of Lakewood earlier this month, has been charged with federal hate crimes, U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger announced today.

According to Sellinger’s report, on the afternoon of April 8, Marsh forcibly removed one Orthodox Jewish man out of his car, hit two more Orthodox Jewish men with the stolen car, and stabbed a fourth Orthodox Jewish man in the chest. All four victims were injured, but none fatally.

For each of the four attacks, Marsh is charged under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act with “willfully causing bodily injury to four victims, and attempting to cause them injury with a dangerous weapon, because they were Jewish.” Three of the four charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Shortly after the attack occurred, statewide and local officials roundly condemned the attack and noted the apparent bigotry propelling it, with Gov. Phil Murphy saying that the “safety of our communities, and notably our communities of faith, is not only a paramount concern but among my highest priorities.”

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