Man Is Charged After Hitting Protester With His Car Near Columbia

A man who got into an argument with pro-Palestinian demonstrators before hitting one with his car on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on Tuesday has been charged with assault, according to the police.

The man, Reuven Kahane, 57, was arguing with two demonstrators around 9 a.m. when he struck a 55-year-old woman with his vehicle, the police said. In reaction, the demonstrators hit Mr. Kahane’s car.

Mr. Kahane was charged with assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon. One of the demonstrators, Maryellen Novak, was treated at Weill Cornell Medical Center for minor injuries. She was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and unlawful assembly. The other demonstrator involved, John Rozendaal, 63, was also arrested and charged with criminal mischief.

Mr. Kahane had not been arraigned as of Wednesday morning. The protesters were demonstrating outside of the home of a Columbia University trustee on the Upper East Side, according to USA Today.

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