Cops combed through “numerous, numerous” Crime Stoppers tips before arresting the suspects they say beat up a Jewish woman when she confronted them on a Manhattan street for ripping down posters of Israeli hostages.
Mehwish Omer, 26, and Stephanie Gonzalez, 25, are both charged with assault and attempted robbery as a hate crime for the Nov. 9 attack.
The women were ripping down the posters on Riverside Drive near W. 82nd St. on the Upper West Side when the 41-year-old victim approached them, cops said.
Omer and Gonzalez quarreled with the victim before allegedly pummeling her in the face, scratching her and pulling her hair, prosecutors said.
“F–k Israel, f–k your white privilege,” one of the women said before ripping a Star of David necklace off the victim’s neck and knocking her phone to the ground, officials said.
The victim suffered pain, cuts and popped blood vessels in her eye, prosecutors said.
The victim was able to catch the women on cellphone video ripping down the posters, cops said.
Gonzalez was arrested Nov. 20 but cops continued to look for Omer, who they had identified as the second woman in the video, NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said at a news briefing Tuesday.
“We came up with a name so we looked at B summonses and moving violations in the area,” Kenny said. “We found she received a moving violation in that area and the cop activated his body worn camera. We were able to identify her from that body worn camera footage.”
Gonzalez, of Yonkers, and Omer, of the Upper West Side, were both released without bail following arraignments in Manhattan Criminal Court.