New York Man Charged with Hate Crime After Pulling Knife on Three Black Men and Yelling Racial Slurs in ‘Unprovoked’ Attack

A New York City man was arrested and charged with a hate crime after he pulled a knife on three Black men and one white man Wednesday night, according to police.

John Borzumato, a 58-year-old white man, approached the group late Wednesday night in a Staten Island neighborhood “unprovoked,” the NYPD told NBC News.

The group, made up of two Black men and two minors, one Black and one white, had just parked their car by a fire hydrant after returning from a day at the beach.

Borzumato, who was intoxicated, menaced the group with a knife and yelled racial epithets at them.

“You n—— don’t belong here,” Borzumato said, according to a criminal complaint. “You n—— have to get out of here.”

According to police, Borzumato was pulled away by witnesses and dropped the knife but continued to have a dispute with one of the men who is also his neighbor, identified by police as 20-year-old Nathaniel Garcia.

Borzumato pushed Garcia, who then punched Borzumato, “causing him to fall to the ground and strike his head,” the NYPD said in a statement.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Mirna Alsharif

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