The Trump-loving political fly who led ugly protests against new COVID-19 restrictions in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood was arrested by the NYPD on Sunday night.
Harold “Heshy” Tischler will be charged with incitement to riot and unlawful imprisonment in connection with a mob attack on a journalist covering the protests last week, police said.
Tischler, an incendiary figure who uses social media to spread his anti-lockdown message, had boasted that he would enter the 66th arrondissement police station and surrender on Monday.
But on Sunday night, the New York Police Warrant Officer Squad showed up to his home to transport him. “Do you see what they’re doing?” he repeatedly yelled at a crowd of neighbors while he was handcuffed.
Tischler lives in Brooklyn’s Borough Park, one of the many communities that have experienced dangerous spikes in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, which prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to impose new restrictions.
During rowdy street protests, Tischler – who sported a Trump sticker on his shirt – oversaw a bonfire of masks, smeared the mayor’s wife with insults and told his crowd of supporters, “You are my soldiers! We are at war!
On Tuesday, Jacob Kornbluh, a respected journalist for Jewish Insider, was surrounded by the crowd, allegedly at Tischler’s urging.
“Literally hundreds of community members tried to beat me,” Kornbluh told The Daily Beast. “Someone hit me on the head. I got hit, dragged, and people said I deserved to die … calling me Hitler [and a] Nazi.”
“It took the police about 10 minutes to get me out of the crowd,” he added.
Kornbluh filed an assault complaint, and over the days the question of why Tischler had not been arrested grew – especially after photos showed him posing with police officers after the demonstrations.
Tischler claims, without apparent evidence, that Kornbluh harassed him. “I’m going to go to jail,” he said in his Twitter video on Friday. “I will, of course, plead not guilty.”
Tischler’s arrest comes as city officials have started enforcing the new COVID rules in earnest. Dozens of subpoenas with fines totaling more than $ 150,000 were issued this weekend to places of worship and businesses in so-called red zones.
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