Officials: Man pleads guilty to hate crimes in violent attack on Jewish community

Police say Dion Marsh attempted to hurt and kill five Jewish people in 2022.

Matt Trapani

Feb 2, 2024, 1:23 AM

Updated 134 days ago

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An Ocean County man pleaded guilty to hate crimes after authorities say he violently attacked members of the Orthodox Jewish community in and around Lakewood.
Police say Dion Marsh attempted to kill and hurt five Jewish people in 2022. They say Marsh ran over four people in a stolen vehicle and stabbed one of them in the chest.
“The threat from hate-fueled violence is a sad reality across our state and our nation. That hate is not who we are. We are stronger as a people because no matter what you look like, how you worship, where you come from, or who you love, your civil rights must be respected and protected,” U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger wrote in a statement.
Marsh will be sentenced on June 11.


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