2017-08-16 / Front Page

Cops Hunt Astoria Anti-Muslim Egg Hurler

By Liz Goff
Police are searching for a man who allegedly pelted an Astoria food vendor with eggs and left behind an anti-Muslim note on August 8.

Police sources said the attacker wrote, “F—k Arabs, F—k Muslims” on the note attached to an egg he tossed at food vendor Farid el-Baghdadi, 56, who said he was sitting on a chair, speaking with a customer near his halal food cart on Steinway Street near 25th Avenue when the attacker struck jut after midnight on August 8.

A first round of eggs struck him on his right arm and chest, the vendor said. He called 911, but decided not to file a complaint because he wasn’t injured in the attack.

Moments after police left the scene the attacker returned and launched another egg attack, el-Baghdadi said. The hate note was attached to one of those eggs.

The vendor called 911 a second time and told police he is sure the attack was fueled by hate.
Investigators at the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force interviewed el-Baghdadi and are now looking into the two attacks, an NYPD spokesperson said.

Food vendors and customers along Steinway Street, between 28th and 25th Avenues, have been pelted with eggs over the last few weekends, el-Baghdadi said. The commercial strip dubbed “Little Egypt” is lined with numerous shops and restaurants featuring Middle Eastern goods and cuisine.

El-Baghdadi said he worked as a “specialist gourmet chef” for the Saudi royal family before coming to the U.S. and at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel before he opened his food cart at the same Astoria location 13 years ago.

“Me, scared?” he declared. “Why would I be scared? I have God on my side.”

Police are urging anyone with information to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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