Cambridge man charged with hate crime after alleged anti-Semitic incident

The suspect also allegedly pushed the victim against a wall and put his fist to her throat.

A Cambridge man allegedly repeatedly yelled anti-Semitic phrases at a 66-year-old woman and pushed her against a wall Thursday morning. He’s now facing a hate crime-related charge, Cambridge police said.

Jarrett Harris, 62, of 47 Inman St., was arrested and charged with assault and battery on someone age 60 or older, and assault and battery with intent to intimidate/hate crime, according to police.

Police were called to the area of Inman and Harvard streets around 10:37 a.m. for a report of an assault.

When officers arrived and got the attention of the suspect, he allegedly began shouting, “I just wanted that [expletive] off my property.”

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The victim told police that she and a man with her were walking in the area when Harris began talking with them about a nearby property.

After the three spoke for a bit, she and the man attempted to leave and began walking. As the two proceeded down Inman Street, Harris allegedly went up beside her and repeatedly said, “Shut the [expletive] up [expletive].”

After that is when Harris allegedly pushed the victim and began shouting, “You [expletive] Jewish [expletive],” and put his fist on her throat, the victim said. The victim and the witness said they were “shocked” by what happened and it was “unprovoked behavior.”

Another officer interviewed Harris, who allegedly said, “She is a [expletive] Jewish [expletive] and I will say it again,” roughly three times.

“Harris would not have a reasonable conversation with me and refused to speak to me about this matter,” an officer wrote in a narrative.

The victim refused medical attention, police said.

Harris was arraigned in Cambridge District Court on Thursday and released on his own recognizance, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office. He must stay away from the victim and is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 28.