Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Making Anti-Semitic Threats Against Businesswoman and is Sentenced to Probation
ALBUQUERQUE—An Albuquerque man entered a guilty plea this morning to a misdemeanor hate crime arising out of anti-Semitic threats he made against a Jewish woman who owns and operates the Nosh Jewish Delicatessen and Bakery in Albuquerque. After John W. Ng, 60, entered his guilty plea, he was sentenced to four years of probation.
Ng was arrested by the FBI on March 7, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with interfering with the victim’s federally protected rights by threatening her and interfering with her business because of her religion and because she owned a Jewish restaurant. Proceedings in the case were delayed during the pendency of competency proceedings. Ng remained in federal custody from the time of his arrest until the court found him competent in May 2015, at which time he was released on conditions that included supervision by the U.S. Pretrial Services Agency.
According to the indictment filed on April 23, 2014, Ng posted threatening, anti-Semitic notes on the door of the victim’s business on Jan. 22, 2014, and Feb. 8, 2014. One of the notes read, “TO: The [racial slur] who should die.” Another read, “FROM: The one you scarred for life scumbags[;] TO: The [racial slur] who will die like rats.”
During today’s proceedings, Ng pled guilty to the second count of the indictment, and admitted posting anti-Semitic notes on the door of the victim’s business on Feb. 8, 2014. Ng acknowledged that he intentionally posted the notes knowing that or in reckless disregard of the fact that notes would be perceived as threatening. Ng also admitted that on Feb. 11, 2014, he told the FBI that he had a bad history with Jews and targeted the Nosh Jewish Delicatessen because he believed it was a good location to ensure that his message would reach as many Jews as possible.
This matter was investigated by the Albuquerque Division of the FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Holland S. Kastrin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico and Trial Attorney Angie Cha of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.