HATE CRIME —
Two Orthodox Jewish women were attacked while leaving the 67th Avenue subway station in Rego Park on Sept. 14 after the attacker mistook them for Muslims.
According to the criminal complaint, Nekadam Suyunova, 57, and her daughter, Anzela Suyunova, 37, waved a visibly intoxicated Dimitrios Zias, 40, to walk past them around 2 p.m. As he walked by, he allegedly said to them, “Go back to your f—ing country, you dirty Muslims.”
Anzela engaged in a dispute with the defendant, who then spit in her face and punched her several times. Anzela fell to the ground and Zias allegedly continued to punch her in the body.
Nekadam tried to intervene and was knocked to the ground. Zias then allegedly picked her up by the hair and punched her several times in the face as he continued to punch Anzela. Nekadam received a laceration on her head, a swollen lip and bruising to the left side of her face as well as her knee and ankle.
Zias, who lives in Astoria, was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment and harassment.