Khaled Awad, charged with repeatedly stabbing a rabbi outside a Jewish school in Brighton Center, was also formally charged today with committing a civil rights violation causing injury; and armed assault and battery to intimidate causing bodily injury while armed, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Witnesses reported that Mr. Awad held strong biases against Jews, Christians and American culture. He had repeatedly called Jews "evil" and used other derogatory and degrading language. The totality of the circumstances indicate that the Rabbi was likely targeted due to his religion. as he stood outside of the Jewish day school, in front of an enormous menorah, wearing a yarmulke, holding the keys to the school van.
A judge ordered Awad held without bail until at least a dangerousness hearing, now scheduled for July 29.
In a court hearing today:
[Assistant DA Margaret] Hegarty told the court that Mr. Awad had been present outside the Shaloh House Jewish day school on the day prior to the attack, acting in a suspicious manner that raised the concern of a witness. That witness ultimately took a photo of Mr. Awad to document his presence near the Jewish day school.
The following day, security camera footage captured Mr. Awad approaching the victim, Rabbi Shlomo Noginski on the Jewish day school’s steps as a children’s camp was underway at the location. Mr. Awad allegedly drew a weapon that appeared to be a gun, and demanded the keys to the school van. The rabbi, in fear, handed over the keys. Mr. Awad motioned for the rabbi to enter the van; at the same time, he put away the weapon and pulled out a knife, prosecutors said.
Rabbi Noginski took advantage of that opportunity and ran, screaming, from Mr. Awad. It is alleged that Mr. Awab stabbed him nine times as he attempted to flee. ...
Boston Police officers located Mr. Awad in a nearby alleyway. He was armed and brandished a gun at the officers. Boston Police Officers engaged in excellent police work, deescalating the interaction and convincing Mr. Awad to drop his weapon. Mr. Awad was taken into custody with a struggle, but without a single weapon being discharged.