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Police Identify Man Arrested In Attack On Jews In Beverly Grove

Map shows the location of the attack, which took place on North La Cienega Blvd. just north of Beverly Blvd.
A screen capture of the area of where the assault against Jewish men happened.
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Police have arrested a man on charges that he participated in an attack last week on several Jewish men while they were dining outside at a Beverly Grove restaurant.

Thirty-year-old Xavier Pabon of Banning was taken into custody Friday night on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked into jail and is being held on $275,000 bail.

The Los Angeles Police Department says he is one of the primary suspects in the assault, and they continue to identify and search for other suspects.

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The police described him as the primary suspect in the attack by a pro-Palestinian group outside Sushi Fumi on North La Cienega Boulevard, which witnesses captured on video. The assaults occurred hours after a nearby peaceful protest in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The incident has left local Jewish and Muslim communities worried that the conflict in the Gaza Strip could lead to an increase in hate incidents against both communities. The Anti-Defamation League, which offered a $5,000 reward for information on the Beverly Grove assault, says there have been more than 2,200 reported incidents of antisemitism in the United States this year.

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Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, denounced Tuesday's attack in an interview Friday on KPCC's AirTalk with Larry Mantle.

"You know what we saw on the video is nothing short of thuggery and it's despicable, reprehensible and we condemn it and it is a hate crime," he said.

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On Saturday, police said the attack was motivated by racial hatred and requested enhanced bail for the alleged attacker.