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A New York man accused of randomly hitting strangers has been charged with hate crimes

A man arrested in March on charges of randomly beating a woman walking down a New York City street has been charged with hate crimes for that attack and several others

NEW YORK — A man arrested in March on charges of randomly beating a woman walking down a New York City street has been charged with hate crimes for that attack and several others, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Skiboky Stora, 40, of Brooklyn, is accused of assaulting, stalking and harassing strangers in a series of anti-female, anti-white and anti-Semitic incidents between September 2023 and March of this year, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said.

The victim in that case fell to the ground and experienced pain and swelling on the left side of her head, Bragg said.

That attack came months after two other attacks in the same neighborhood, prosecutors said.

On September 20, 2023, Stora elbowed a 17-year-old student in the neck and said, “You guys think you can do whatever you want,” with a curse word, according to the complaint.

He then elbowed a 37-year-old woman in the left shoulder on Oct. 26, causing pain and bruising, prosecutors said.

And on Nov. 18, the husband and wife, both 28, were walking their dogs near Union Square when they saw Stora pulling down posters of Israeli hostages and stopped to take a photo, prosecutors said.

Stora noticed the couple watching him and followed them, shouting anti-white and anti-Semitic threats and insults, including: “Die, Jews, die!” according to the complaint.

Bragg said in a statement that Stora “allegedly committed a series of hate-motivated incidents against various individuals based on their perceived gender, race and religion.”

Stora was indicted Tuesday on charges including assault as a hate crime and stalking as a hate crime.

He had previously been charged with assault in connection with several cases and pleaded not guilty.

He said outside the courtroom Tuesday, “They (are) trying to indict me… this guy Alvin Bragg is corrupt,” according to WNYW Fox 5.

Stora said authorities had “no probable cause” to arrest him, the TV station reported.

Stora is representing herself in court and does not have an attorney, the district attorney’s office said. His next court date is August 6.

A message was left on Stora’s Instagram page seeking comment on the charges against him.

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