Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Orthodox Brooklyn Kid: Arrested for Kidnapping

This is one very unusual sad story. A Jewish orthodox teen allegedly attempted to kidnap or assault a sixth grade girl. The article reads that Bernard Mutterperl's is accused of assaulting sixth-grader Xochil Garcia as she returned home last month with a Mother's Day gift. The girl told authorities that Mutterperl grabbed her in the lobby of her apartment building and began dragging her away. I'm hoping there really is more to this story. This was not some 15 or 16 yr. old, this guy is 19. This is a real chillul hashem and the parents had to post a $1 million dollars to get him released. This kid is looking at some serious time as he was indicted for attempted kidnapping (upgraded from first- and second-degree unlawful imprisonment), third-degree burglary and endangering the welfare of a child. I can only hope that parents will take this story seriously. I don't know if this kid was neglected as a child but assaulting a little girl would point toward some serious issues. Bernard's lawyer responded to the charges as "hyped'. I certainly hope so.

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