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December 12, 2023: Man Charged with Violently Attacking Jewish Couple While They Were Out Celebrating Shabbat in Beverly Hills

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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Jarris Silagi has been charged with violently attacking a Jewish couple as they were on their way to celebrate Shabbat at their synagogue in Beverly Hills.

“I unequivocally condemn the violent attack inflicted upon those peacefully observing their faith.” District Attorney Gascón said. “Such acts of Antisemitism have no place in our community, and we continue to be committed to ensuring justice prevails and holding the defendant accountable. Our thoughts are with the victims and all those who continue to be targeted for their faith. My office’s Hate Crimes Unit will work diligently to bring justice to the victims.”

Jarris Jay Silagi (dob 2/25/79) is charged with one count of attempted second-degree robbery; one count of elder or dependent adult abuse, infliction of injury; one count of assault with a deadly weapon; and two counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.

It is further alleged that Silagi caused great bodily injury during the commission of the crime.

Silagi was arraigned today in Dept. 30 at the Airport Courthouse.

On December 9, a 75-year old man and his wife were walking to a synagogue in Beverly Hills, while observing Shabbat during the Hannukah holiday. Silagi allegedly ran toward them striking the man, who wearing a yarmulke, once on his head with a belt, causing injury.

Silagi also attempted to rob the female victim. 

The incident was captured on video.

The prosecution is recommending that Silagi be held on a $1,310,000 bail.

If convicted as charged, Silagi will face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The case was investigated by the Beverly Hills Police Department.

Report crimes of hate by calling 911. Report hate incidents by calling Los Angeles County’s LA vs. Hate hotline at 2-1-1.