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Attack on Hindu priest near Queens temple probed as possible hate crime, say police


Added 07-22-19 01:13:02am EST - “An umbrella-wielding attacker struck a punched the priest near a temple in Floral Park at about 11 a.m. Thursday morning, said cops.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Attack on Hindu priest near Queens temple probed as possible hate crime, say police”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Investigators are trying to determine if an attack on a Hindu priest in Queens was a hate crime, police said Sunday.

An umbrella-wielding attacker struck a punched the priest near a temple in Floral Park at about 11 a.m. Thursday morning, said cops.

Swami Ji Harish Changer Puri, 62, was dressed in his religious garb at about when he was attacked on 264th St. near 85th Ave. when 52-year-old Sergio Gouveia confronted him and said he didn’t want him in the neighborhood, police sources said.

Gouveia struck Puri with the umbrella and punched him, cutting his nose, head, chest, arms and legs, said cops.

The scene unfolded about two blocks north of the Shiv Shakti Peeth temple, and about three blocks south of Gouveia’s home.

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