A New Jersey man pleads guilty to hate crimes after a wave of anti-Semitic attacks

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After a series of violent attacks against five members Orthodox Jewish community In 2022, New Jersey man Dion Marsh pleaded guilty in federal court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey announced Thursday.

On April 8, 2022, Marsh, then 27 years old, carried out a series of violent attacks on members of the Orthodox Jewish community in and around Lakewood, New Jersey. Marsh is charged with five counts of intentionally causing bodily injury to five victims, and attempted murder and causing injury with a dangerous weapon for four of them.

The wave of violent crimes included assault, carjacking, and the attempted murder of four people while driving the stolen car and another vehicle, in addition to the stabbing of a man with a knife because they were Jewish. According to a press release From US Attorney Philip R. Selinger.

Photo: Dion Marsh in a police bulletin photo. (Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

All five of Marsh’s victims were wearing traditional clothing worn by members of the Orthodox Jewish community.

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“This defendant violently attacked five men, drove a car toward four of them, stabbed one of them in the chest, and attempted to kill them, simply because it was clear they were Orthodox Jews,” Selinger said in the news release.

Below are details of a series of hate crimes committed by Marsh on April 8, 2022.

  • At 1:18 p.m., Marsh forced a clearly identifiable Orthodox Jewish man out of his car, assaulted and injured him. Marsh took control of the man’s car and drove away.

  • At 5:20 p.m., Marsh was in Lakewood, New Jersey, driving a different car when he intentionally struck another clearly identifiable Orthodox Jewish man with the car, attempting to kill the victim.

  • At 6:06 p.m., Marsh used that second vehicle to strike another clearly identifiable Orthodox Jewish man, attempting to kill the victim and causing him to suffer multiple broken bones.

  • At 6:55 p.m., Marsh, again driving the car he had stolen from the first victim, attempted to kill another clearly identifiable Orthodox Jewish man who was walking in Lakewood by intentionally striking him with the car. Marsh got out of the car and stabbed the man in the chest with a knife, leaving the victim with a stab wound and other injuries.

  • At 8:23 p.m., Marsh was still driving the car he had stolen from the first victim, and used it to hit another clearly identifiable Orthodox Jewish man who was walking in the nearby town of Jackson, New Jersey, attempting to kill the man. He suffered several broken bones and internal injuries.

Police arrested Marsh later that night at his home in Manchester, New Jersey, authorities said at the time.

Police said all of the victims survived the attacks, but three were hospitalized at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and one seriously injured victim was transported to a rehabilitation facility after being treated at the medical center.

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Marsh was charged with four counts of violating the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and charged with auto theft.

The four hate crime violations that charged Marsh with trying to kill those victims each carry a life sentence and a $250,000 fine, the U.S. Attorney said. The hate crime violation that charges Marsh with assaulting the other victim carries a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The penalty for car theft is a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

“This defendant is responsible for his series of depraved and anti-Semitic attacks against members of the Orthodox Jewish community,” Assistant District Attorney Clark said in the statement. “Hate-filled acts of violence, intended to harm, intimidate, and isolate communities, have no place in our society. The Department of Justice will continue to aggressively pursue perpetrators of anti-Semitic violence across our country.”

Marsh is scheduled to be sentenced on June 11, 2024.

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