Palisades Park Man Arrested for Sending Racist Intimidating Letters to Police, Businesses
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced the arrest of Nikolay Levinson, 34, Palisades Park, NJ on charges of terroristic threats, bias intimidation and harassment.
According to authorities, on or around October 1st, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received information that three police officers from Paramus, Fair Lawn and Garfield had received harassing and threatening letters.
During the same time period, several local businesses received letters that contained racial, homophobic, and threatening messages authorities said.
As a result of the information received, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad and local police departments initiated an investigation.
Authorities said during the investigation, two additional letters were sent to businesses in Englewood and Allendale.
The letters appeared to be written by the same person and contained anti-Semitic, racist, and threatening remarks according to authorities.
As a result of the investigation, police arrested Mr. Levinson on October 10, 2017 in Palisades Park, New Jersey and charged him with two counts of Terroristic Threats, three counts of Bias Intimidation, and four counts of Harassment.
Authorities said Levinson is presently detained in the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing scheduled for Monday, October 16, 2017. Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Paramus Police Department, Fair Lawn Police Department, Allendale Police Department, Englewood Police Department and the Fort Lee Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.