Sunny Isles Beach police have arrested a man who allegedly assaulted two people as they were leaving a prayer service from a local synagogue because of their Jewish faith, officials said.
According to a police report, 66-year-old Larry Greene, who identifies himself by his Hebrew name Elijah Israel, was arrested Monday on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Greene approached the two victims as they were walking from prayer at a local synagogue in the 18000 block of Collins Avenue, raising a knife over his head and yelling anti-Semitic remarks, the report said.
The men were wearing Yarmulkes on their heads when Greene approached and told them to "go back to Israel," the report said.
Greene lunged at one of the victims and threatened to kill the, while he continued to yell the anti-Semitic remarks before officers were called to the scene, the report said.
Police were able to detain Greene and found a knife in his pocket during a pat down, the report said.
While detained, police said Greene identified himself as a Black Israelite and referred to the victims as "fake Jews."
Greene was booked into jail and his bond was set at $50,000. Attorney information wasn't available.