- Oct 11, 2000
Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim, Jewish brothers accused of beating a black teen while guarding their Park Heights neighborhood,
According to police records, Eliyahu Werdesheim was a member of Shomrim, an Orthodox Jewish citizens' watch group, on Nov. 19, 2010, when he allegedly confronted 15-year-old Corey Ausby in the Park Heights area, telling him, "You don't belong around here." His brother, now 21, supposedly threw the boy to the ground, the police account claims, and one of the brothers is said to have hit Ausby with a hand-held radio.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges, and attorneys have claimed Ausby was armed with a nail-studded board and attacked first. Ausby, who appeared in court Tuesday as a witness, has not been charged in the incident. The Werdesheims are charged with second-degree assault, false imprisonment and carrying a deadly weapon with the intent to injure.
There's no charge of this being a hate crime???Defense lawyers also sought to suppress a 911 call by a man who saw the incident and called for police to check it out, describing it as a citizens group of white male members in three to four cars who had stopped a "black youth" and were "holding him to the ground."
"I'm not sure what it's about," the man told emergency dispatchers, "but it doesn't [appear] right."