Posted on April 24, 2022

New Jersey Man Faces Federal Hate Crimes Charges for Allegedly Assaulting, Stabbing, Driving Into Orthodox Jews

Kristina Sgueglia and Evan Perez, CNN, April 20, 2022

A New Jersey man is facing federal hate crime charges for “a spree of violent assaults” on members of an Orthodox Jewish community on a single day in April, officials said Wednesday.

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 crimes prevention act and willfully causing bodily injury, according to New Jersey US Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.

Dion Marsh

Dion Marsh

{snip} He allegedly told investigators, “It had to be done,” and that “these are the real devils.”


On April 8, federal prosecutors allege that Marsh carjacked an Orthodox Jewish man in Lakewood, assaulting him and driving off, the US Attorney’s Office said in a release.

Later that evening, and driving a different vehicle, Marsh allegedly struck a second Orthodox Jewish man with the vehicle {snip}

Within the hour, driving the vehicle he had stolen from the first victim, prosecutors allege he “attempted to kill” another Orthodox Jewish man, using the vehicle to “deliberately strike the man.” {snip}

About an hour and a half later, driving the stolen vehicle, prosecutors allege he deliberately struck another Orthodox Jewish man {snip}