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Suspect breaks into LA Jewish family’s home, shouts ‘Kill Jews’ and ‘Free Palestine’

Incident under investigation as hate crime; homeowner says suspect burst into bedroom, but no family members physically injured

A suspect shouts 'Free Palestine' as he is arrested after allegedly breaking into the home of a Jewish family in Los Angeles, October 25, 2023 (Screen grab used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law
A suspect shouts 'Free Palestine' as he is arrested after allegedly breaking into the home of a Jewish family in Los Angeles, October 25, 2023 (Screen grab used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law

A suspect broke into a Jewish family’s Los Angeles home in the early hours of Wednesday and allegedly threatened to kill those inside, while shouting, “Free Palestine” and “Kill Jewish people.”

According to the LA Times, the suspect was arrested and the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

The report said the suspect was named as Daniel Garcia and police said the victims were a family “of Jewish descent.”

Homeowner Mendel Meyers told NBC Los Angeles that his pregnant wife woke up when the suspect entered their bedroom.

“I jumped from the bed and pushed him outside, and I screamed at my wife, ‘Bring me my gun,’” Meyers said, adding that he didn’t actually own a firearm but he thought the threat could help protect his spouse and their four children.

“I screamed, ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ and he got scared and picked up his arms and said, ‘Don’t shoot, don’t shoot,’ but he kept screaming, ‘Free Palestine, free Palestine’ and ‘Jewish people, you need to kill Jewish people,’” Meyers said.

Footage broadcast by Fox 11 showed the suspect repeatedly shouting, “Free Palestine” after being placed in a police car.

The LAPD told the local Fox news affiliate that the family was visibly shaken up but that no one was physically injured.

Fox 11 reported that officials believed the suspect may have been influenced by drugs, and noted that he was dressed in undergarments.

A participant holds a placard as students gather during a ‘Walkout to fight Genocide and Free Palestine’ at Bruin Plaza at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) in Los Angeles on October 25, 2023 (Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

The LAPD reassured the local Jewish community that it was an isolated incident, Fox 11 said.

“Garcia, possibly suffering from mental illness, acted alone and his actions appeared motivated by the victims’ religious beliefs,” police told the LA Times.

Diaspora Jewish communities have been affected by a surge in antisemitism following the devastating assault by the Palestinian terror group Hamas on southern Israel on October 7, in which some 1,400 people were killed — most of them civilians — and over 220 people kidnapped to Gaza, and amid Israel’s ongoing subsequent military campaign in the Strip aimed at destroying Hamas.

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