New Jersey Man Charged with Federal Hate Crimes in Attacks on Four Orthodox Jewish Men

Federal prosecutors charged a New Jersey man with federal hate crimes after he allegedly attacked four Orthodox Jewish men in a violent one-day spree.

Prosecutors announced on April 20 that Dion Marsh, 27, of Manchester, faces four counts of violating the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and one count of carjacking for a series of violent assaults against Orthodox Jewish men in and around Lakewood, New Jersey.

In regards to his hate crime violations, Marsh was charged with willfully causing bodily injury to four victims and attempting to kill and cause injuries with dangerous weapons to three of them “because they were Jewish,” prosecutors said.

According to court documents, Marsh began his attacks at 1:18 p.m. on April 8 when he forced “a visibly identifiable Orthodox Jewish man” out of his car in Lakewood, assaulting him in the process, and drove away with it.

Hours later, Marsh was driving a different car when he deliberately struck another Orthodox Jewish man, causing the victim to suffer several broken bones.

At 6:55 p.m., Marsh was driving the car he stole from his first victim and used it to deliberately strike another Orthodox Jewish man. Marsh then stabbed the man in the chest with a knife.

At 8:23 p.m., Marsh again used the stolen vehicle to deliberately strike an Orthodox Jewish man in nearby Jackson Township, causing the victim to suffer several broken bones and internal injuries.

Law enforcement officers arrested Marsh at his residence at 12 a.m. on April 9.

Marsh is in custody on state charges. His initial court date is yet to be determined.

If Marsh is found guilty of the charges, he could face life in prison.

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