HANCOCK PARK (CBSLA) — Some people in a Hancock Park neighborhood said a driver targeted them because they are Jewish. Now police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

The suspect in the case, identified as Mohammed Mohammed, was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

Security video from Friday night shows the driver making a hard U-turn.

CBSLA interviewed one of the victims, who says he and his friend were the target.

“We both scrambled in different directions so he slammed on his brakes and missed us thank God,” the victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said.

A second security video shows the driver reversing and trying to hit them again.

“He clearly was going at us and it was even more clear on round two,” said the victim.

It happened on La Brea in Hancock Park, on a corner with a couple synagogues and on the Sabbath where many walk around in traditional attire.

“Why he chose us? Probably because of the yarmulkes on our heads,” the victim said.

Thankfully both the man and his friend got out of the way, but then they heard a crash.

A home security camera caught the same car plowing through a stop sign just moments later.

“This guy had a thirst for blood on his fingers,” the victim said. “You could clearly see in his face that he wanted to do something.”

A witness snapped a photo of a Koran on his dashboard, and although no one says the driver — Mohamed Mohamed — verbalized his own religion, folks in this community say targeting someone else for their religion is always a hate crime.

“I think this is just a much more violent, scary world than we all though it was,” said neighbor Michael Schwartz. “We had a few years of civility after the Holocaust and now that window is closing.”

Which is why this victim was a little disappointed that he had to ask for a sergeant before the responding officers would listen to their concerns that this was more than just a car accident.

“We live with it everyday. We live in fear and we hope and we pray that the LAPD and FBI take this more seriously than the initial response was,” the victim said.

Because this community knows the next victim may not be as agile or as lucky, and living in fear isn’t living.

“There definitely was a God watching us,” the victim said.

Comments (95)
  1. Karab Amabokcuf says:

    Phuck islam and moHAMmad the pedophile

  2. Blake S. Davis says:

    Los Angeles? Democrats will give the guy an award for good driving.

  3. There is no such thing as a hate crime.

  4. Joe Lockwell says:

    So maybe now, Jewish Americans will stop voting in Democrats who WANT MORE and MORE Muslim “refugees” in America? Probably not. 79% of Jewish voters in this past election voted for Democrats. When it comes to common sense, most Jewish Americans are not too bright.

  5. I hope the the young fellow, who was almost run down, managed to call in to 911 before he spoke to the cops attending the accident scene. It will give greater credence to his story by the record of the time and place of his call.

  6. Mark Nord says:

    Unfortunately MR. Mohammad Mohammad Cannot be accused of committing a hate crime if he is not white. In his defense he was only practicing his religion….

  7. David Coker says:

    Half the lawyers and half of the doctors in America identify as Jews. Perhaps Mohammad had just looked at his bill from one of these thieves. Things keep going the way the are and the Jews in America will soon want to move to Israel. Perhaps that is the plan. Same goes for the riots in Paris making Jews feel unsafe. If Jews did not corrupt everything they touch countries would stop expelling them or confining them to a ghetto. They bring a lot of the hate upon themselves. They don’t assimilate and they think they are better than the rest of us.

  8. Looks like something Obama Obama might do.

  9. Vet Red says:

    Guess his 72 virgins will just have to wait awhile longer for him to show up.

  10. Jeffrey Morrissey says:

    Congratulations CBS News affiliate! You actually reported the news! I suspect the comment about the satanic Koran on Mohammed Mohammed’s dashboard will be edited out soon though.

  11. Elijah Buchanan says:

    There’s several very good videos on Youtube showing pistol cartridges penetrating car windshields. If the government of California or L.A. complains about the guns, tell them you’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

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