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Hillburn Man Yells Slurs In Attack On Hispanics, Police Say

Rushane Mitchell, 21
Rushane Mitchell, 21 Photo Credit: Suffern Police Department

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. --  A Hillburn man was charged with felony assault after attacking two men while yelling racial slurs, around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Suffern Police Chief Clark Osborn.

Suffern Police Officer Andrew Yorke was on patrol in the business district when he was flagged down by a person who told him a fight was in progress on Chestnut Street, Osborn said.

When Yorke arrived at the fight, he found Rushane Mitchell, 21, attacking a group of Hispanic males while yelling racial slurs at them.  Sgt. Mike Fennessey arrived on the scene to assist at which time the officers stopped the attack by physically restraining Mitchell as he fought with officers, Osborn said.

While taking Mitchell into custody they received a second call about another person who had been assaulted earlier at the Rockland Mini-Mart on Lafayette Avenue, he added.

When Fennessey arrived at the second location he found a victim with a serious head wound and determined Mitchell was the same person who assaulted the second victim. 

The victim, also a Hispanic male, claimed that Mitchell approached him unprovoked and assaulted him, Osborn said.

While investigating, police found that Mitchell had been given an appearance ticket earlier in the evening for yelling racial and threatening slurs at another group of Hispanic males in the downtown area. 

The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital by EMS where he received treatment which included several staples in closing the wound, Osborn said.

Mitchell was also taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for the treatment of wounds he received during the altercation and upon being released was taken into custody where he was charged with felony assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

After being processed and arraigned he was sent to the Rockland County Jail on $25,000 bail pending a future court date. 

Osborn is asking anyone who may have experienced a similar issue with Mitchell, to contact the police department. 

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