UPDATED 1:27 PM PT – Monday, October 12, 2020
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) arrested activist Harold Tischler Monday morning in connection with the attack of Jewish Insider’s’ political reporter Jacob Kornbluh.
After news broke he was a suspect, a chaotic scene erupted outside the journalist’s home Sunday night. This came after a fan account for Tischler tweeted out the reporter’s address and encouraged people to organize outside his house.
The New York City Police Department Warrant Squad has taken Harold "Heshy" Tischler into custody. He will be charged with inciting to riot and unlawful imprisonment in connection with an assault of a journalist that took place on October 7, 2020 in Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/cLkfcBpZUu
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 12, 2020
Last week, the Orthodox Jewish journalist said he was assaulted by a group of men in Bourough Park in Brooklyn, which is one of the state designated ‘red zones’ with tight COVID-19 restrictions. The attackers allegedly suspected Kornbluh of reporting restriction violations to police.
The journalist was covering the protests following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s’ announcement of another shutdown, which protesters argue unfairly targets Orthodox Jewish communities.
Kornbluh alleged Tishcler, who is also Orthodox and a former candidate for the Brooklyn City Council, recognized him among the crowd and directed others to chase him down the street. Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack unacceptable.
“Here’s a journalist, a journalist who really cares about doing the work of informing people of what’s going on, and here’s a mob of people attacking him,” he stated. “It’s just unacceptable.”
However, Tischler has deniesd any wrongdoing and continues to maintain his innocence. The 56-year old activist is an outspoken critic of COVID-19 social distancing measures and lockdowns. He faces charges of inciting to riot and unlawful imprisonment.