(JTA) — A former Brooklyn car service driver accused of leaving notes reading ‘Kill Jews’ around New York’s Long Island was arraigned on a hate crimes charge.
Demetrios Apolonide, the driver for XYZ Car Service who was arraigned Wednesday for aggravated harassment, allegedly dropped the notes, written on torn pieces of the company’s vouchers, in the communities where he dropped off his fares, according to reports. He dropped the notes at least nine different times between September 2009 and March 2010.
Apolonide, 37, was arrested last summer in New York City on similar charges.
He told authorities he scattered the notes in order for "the Jews to find them to think it was the Muslims," police officials said Wednesday according to Newsday.