NEW YORK –
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 8:08 PM | 12 Tishrei 5722
Riverside Pediatrics Medical Group on Palisades Avenue in Teaneck, NJ
A man with a hammer dripping with blood entered the Riverside Pediatrics Medical Group office on Palisades Avenue in Teaneck, NJ, on Sunday, Sept. 13, smashed glass and asked if the people there were Jewish, WNBC-4 reported.
A secretary at the reception table was cut and injured by the broken glass. Jill Gordon had taken her daughter to the doctor when she complained of abdominal pain, and was confronted by her daughter to the bathroom when the attacker asked her if she was Jewish. She didn’t answer the question, but locked the door and barricaded herself inside.
Police then followed the trail of blood that led them to Parisian Cleaners, a short distance away, where the suspect slammed through the doors to gain entry, before being arrested by police.
Teaneck police charged Cameron Cole, 23, with aggravated assault and possession of weapons, but not a hate crime.
Representative Josh Gottheimer (Dem-NJ) asked why the suspect, who asked if the people were Jewish, was not charged with a hate crime. “Imagine someone coming after you with a hammer dripping with blood and asking if you’re Jewish. New Jersey has the second highest rate of hate crime, so this needs to be investigated,” he said.
“If this isn’t prejudice, then I don’t know what is,” said Mrs. Gordon. “He was looking for Jewish people in a pediatric practice in a heavily Jewish area. That seems like a hate crime to me.”
The Gordons waited in the bathroom for 10 minutes until the police told them it was safe to come out.
Teaneck Police said Cole was showing signs of mental illness and is being treated at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, and will be taken into custody after he completes treatment.