Three Charged in Paintball Attack on Chaverim

Two men and a woman were arraigned Thursday in Ramapo Town Court on charges they attacked a Chaverim patrol in the village of Kaser with a paintball gun, causing one volunteer to be sent to the hospital.

Two Chaverim volunteers were standing beside a friend’s car on Rita Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when a car with North Carolina plates drove up, Ramapo police said.

A male passenger then pointed a rifle out the window and began firing as he and the other man and the woman yelled anti-Jewish epithets, witnesses said.

Volunteer Yosef Margaretten suffered two burn marks from being struck in the stomach by the round plastic balls that typically explode and spread paint on impact. He was treated at Nyack Hospital and released.

“It was a powerful paint gun with O-inch-diameter balls,” said Ramapo Police Sgt. Sal Matos. “It looked like one of those nasty black rifles people call assault rifles.”

The attack was totally unprovoked, police and witnesses said. The three had gone  to Monsey “to shoot Jews,” Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence said, citing police interviews of the suspects.

Once the attack began,  the Chaverim volunteers radioed fellow members, who tracked down the suspects in nearby Monsey and were able to detain them until police arrived.

Shashi A. Ramsaroop, 24, of Clarkstown, Lindsey Peaks, 20, of Spring Valley, and Demetrius Latrell Toraine, 19, of Spring Valley were each charged with second-degree assault as a hate crime, a felony, aggravated harassment as a hate crime, also a felony, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, and criminal tampering in the fourth degree, both misdemeanors.

Ramsaroop, believed to be the shooter, was being held on $50,000 bail at Rockland County Jail. Peaks and Toraine were being held on bail of $25,000 each.