New Jersey man faces federal hate crime charges for allegedly assaulting, stabbing and driving Orthodox Jews

Prosecutors allege that Dion Marsh attacked four people because they were Jewish. He is charged in part with four counts of violating the federal hate crime prevention law and willfully causing bodily injury, according to New Jersey US Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.

According to the federal complaint, Marsh waived his rights and provided investigators with a videotaped statement. She allegedly told investigators “it had to be done” and that “these are the real demons.”

When asked by investigators who he was referring to, Marsh allegedly replied: “Hasidic Jews.”

On April 8, federal prosecutors allege Marsh stole the car of an Orthodox Jew in Lakewood, assaulted him and drove away, the US Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Later that night, and driving a different vehicle, Marsh allegedly struck a second Orthodox Jewish man with the vehicle, “attempting to kill the victim and causing multiple broken bones,” the statement said.

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In less than an hour, while driving the vehicle he had stolen from the first victim, prosecutors allege that he “attempted to kill” another Orthodox Jewish man, using the vehicle to “deliberately hit the man.” He then got out of the vehicle and stabbed the man in the chest with a knife, authorities said.

About an hour and a half later, while driving the stolen vehicle, prosecutors allege he deliberately struck another Orthodox Jewish man who was walking in nearby Jackson Township, causing several broken bones and internal injuries.

All of the victims were “visibly identifiable” as Orthodox Jews, authorities said.

Marsh was taken into custody around midnight on April 9 at his home, authorities said.

In total, he faces three hate crime charges for attempting to kill the latest victims, a separate hate crime charge regarding assaulting the previous victim, and carjacking.

Each of the three hate crime violations for attempting to kill carries a legal maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the release.

Marsh faces “related” state charges, according to federal officials, and will make his initial appearance on the federal charges at a future date.

CNN is seeking more information on those related charges but has been unable to reach a defense attorney for comment.

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