- The intruder allegedly broke into a house and threatened to kill the homeowners because they were Jewish
- The man, in his 30s, can be heard screaming ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Brown Lives Matter’ as he was cuffed Wednesday morning
- The incident is investigated as a possible hate crime, the LAPD said
This is the shocking moment a man shouted ‘Free Palestine’ after being arrested by police for bursting into a home while a family slept inside.
The alleged intruder, who has not been identified, can be heard screaming ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Brown Lives Matter’ as he was cuffed after he broke into a house and shouted anti-Semitic insults early on Wednesday morning.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood Division units responded to the incident at around 5.20am in the 3000 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard.
One of the homeowner, with nine-month permanency , called 911 during the home invasion, and said a man had broken in through the door where she was with her husband and four children.
‘[He said] I’m going to kill you because you are Jewish … Israel kills people,’ she told KTLA in a phone interview.
The alleged intruder, who has not been identified, can be heard screaming ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Brown Lives Matter’ as he was cuffed
After a few minutes, the husband was able to push the man out of their home and into their backyard.
The suspect was armed with a kitchen knife when officers arrived on the scene, Key News reported.
The man, in this 30s, reportedly entered the rear yard and kicked the door of the residence to break in, police said.
‘Based on the investigation at scene, this incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime,’ stated the LAPD.
‘He was drunk,’ one of the victims said, adding that he hurled anti-Semitic insults for six or seven minutes.
She also said she has seen him before around the neighborhood.
It’s possible that the victims were targeted because they have Jewish symbols around the house, she said.
Her husband wears Jewish Yamaka hat on his way to work everyday, she added.
The mans pants and belt were left at the property following the incident on Wednesday morning
The man was half-naked when being arrested and was taken away in a police cruiser
The man was half-naked when being arrested and was taken away in a police cruiser. His jeans and a belt appeared to be scattered around the house.
No one was injured during the attack, and no property was taken.
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass called the intrusion ‘a vile act of hate’ in a statement.
‘In the wake of the terror and violence inflicted over the previous weeks, this is one of the worst fears of Jewish families across our country – hatred spilling across the threshold, destroying the sense of safety and sanctuary in a home,’ the mayor said.
‘We remain steadfast in support of the Jewish people – the people of Los Angeles will not cower to hate. We will respond to it.
‘The Los Angeles Police Department will continue to conduct increased patrols in communities throughout our City and I call on officials to take action to ensure the person responsible for this heinous act is held fully accountable.
‘We will always stand together,’ Mayor Bass said.
The identity of the man and charges he faces remain unclear as of Wednesday evening.