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Man charged with federal hate crimes in attacks on Orthodox Jewish community in Lakewood

Authorities say a man from Manchester has been charged with federal hate crimes in a series of violent assaults on members of the Orthodox Jewish community last month in Lakewood.

News 12 Staff

Apr 20, 2022, 4:19 PM

Updated 790 days ago

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Authorities say a man from Manchester has been charged with federal hate crimes in a series of violent assaults on members of the Orthodox Jewish community last month in Lakewood.
Dion Marsh, 27, of Manchester, is charged with four counts of violating the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and one count of carjacking, among other charges.
The attacks began around 1:18 p.m. April 8 when police say Marsh forced a visibly identifiable Orthodox Jewish man out of his car in Lakewood, assaulting and injuring him in the process. Marsh allegedly took control of the man's car and drove away. A surveillance video in the area captured a man appearing to be Marsh arriving in the area prior to the carjacking and assault.
Marsh allegedly struck another visibly identifiable Orthodox Jewish man in Lakewood with a different vehicle at 6:06 p.m., causing him to suffer several broken bones.
Authorities say Marsh, once again driving the vehicle he had stolen from the first victim, attempted to kill another visibly identifiable Orthodox Jewish man at 6:55 p.m. Marsh allegedly used the stolen vehicle to deliberately strike the man, who was walking in Lakewood. Authorities say Marsh got out of the vehicle and stabbed the man in the chest with a knife, causing the victim to suffer a stab wound and other injuries.
They say Marsh, still driving the vehicle that he had stolen from the first victim, used it to deliberately strike another visibly identifiable Orthodox Jewish man who was walking in nearby Jackson Township at 8:23 p.m., causing him to suffer several broken bones and internal injuries.
Marsh was arrested at his home in Manchester. He faces life in prison if convicted.


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