Since Sunday I have been receiving traffic to my blog from people googling ‘Stamford Hill arrest’. I am told the same thing has been happening on Hackney Hive too. Attempts to find out what happened by tweeting were not answered nor were initial requests to the police, although early this evening Met Police bureau were able to confirm a 24 year old orthodox Jewish man had been arrested at a home in Paget Road on Sunday and released on bail today, but wouldn’t give further information.
The arrest went down on a quiet street in Stamford Hill on Sunday afternoon and although the police isn’t saying much, rumour on jewish web sites are rife, with speculations and some outlandish claims:
A local court issued a gag order on the case, prohibiting the publication of details surrounding the investigation and arrests. There are rumors and speculation pointing possible money laundering ring while others are speculating the arrests are connected to the sale of stolen property. Once again, these are rumors that remain unsubstantiated but at present there is no official information being released to the media.
I can confirm the arrest was over an alleged indecent assault on a child. The age of the child nor his relationship with the child is not being confirmed by law enforcement. The website goes on to say:
The Chadrei report states three policemen entered the Shatz Kollel during the afternoon hours and arrested an avreich who was placed in handcuffs and taken away to the Rizhin Beis Medrash, in the same general area. Police questioned him at that location. The man is an avreich who is the father of two. Witnesses report that his cellular telephone rang and after he answered, police moved in and arrested him, apparently wishing to confirm that number belonged to him. The report adds the avreich asked that they permit him to take his jacket but arresting officers denied the request. After he was questioned he was incarcerated where he remains at this time.
Witnesses report that “tens” of police vehicles were in the area as the situation unfolded, and askanim, members of the local chareidi community are in contact with local police.
Someone who claims to know what happned posted this:
Only 1 arrested. Not 4. Boruch Hashem he is now home (or almost home). A new family moved here from abroad. This Avreich was paid by someone to give a boy from this family a pair of tzitzit as apparently he was walking around without one. (This avrech sells tzitit). The father, who is mentally unstable told the police he molested his son… Police immediately arrested him. There was no evidence and many testified that this father is a little unstable. The father retracted the claim and BH the man is back with his family.
Red Herring? Who knows….Comments have ceased since someone posted what the arrest was over. Read more….. The Yeshiva World
I can only assume the reason this wasn’t all over local Hackney news sites and social networks, is because it happened on a street with mainly ultra orthodox Jews, and those in the know weren’t exactly blowing up twitter with the revelation.
If an indecent assault of a child did take place, I hope the met police deal with it in it’s usual way and not allow what is a secretive and insular community skewer things the way they did in New York.
The first shock came when Mordechai Jungreis learned that his mentally disabled teenage son was being molested in a Jewish ritual bathhouse in Brooklyn. The second came after Mr. Jungreis complained, and the man accused of the abuse was arrested.
Old friends started walking stonily past him and his family on the streets of Williamsburg. Their landlord kicked them out of their apartment. Anonymous messages filled their answering machine, cursing Mr. Jungreis for turning in a fellow Jew. And, he said, the mother of a child in a wheelchair confronted Mr. Jungreis’s mother-in-law, saying the same man had molested her son, and she “did not report this crime, so why did your son-in-law have to?”
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