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Brother Charged In Jewish Neighborhood Watch Attack

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A second person is now facing charges in an assault involving a Jewish patrol group and an African-American teenager.

Kelly McPherson breaks down the new developments.

Eli Werdesheim faces several misdemeanors after a black teen says he beat him up in November.

Werdesheim was volunteering with Shomrim–an Orthodox Jewish community patrol in Northwest Baltimore. His brother, Avi, was also there that night and now faces the same charges.

“Something that’s long overdue.  There is one more remaining suspect out there.  His name starts with an R and ends with an H.  He is a pillar of the Jewish community,” said J. Wyndal Gordon, victim’s attorney.

The 15-year-old victim’s lawyer says the brothers and another Shomrim member broke his client’s wrist when they stopped him while he was walking in the Park Heights neighborhood in November.

“He was targeted,” Gordon said.  “He was singled out because he’s an African-American in a Jewish community.  Yes, I’m annoyed that we have to deal with those issues in 2011.”

“This isn’t a hate crime,” Andrew Alperstein, Eli’s attorney. “This isn’t any more than a dispute of fact between two people over a relative minor misdemeanor charge.”

Eli’s lawyer says the media attention is overblown.

Still cultural groups have been meeting to address the case’s racial undertones.

But the brothers are not charged with a hate crime. They’re charged with assault, false imprisonment and possessing a deadly weapon.

The lawyer for the second brother is surprised Avi is implicated.

“By charging this brother it creates a pressure, if you will, that I just don’t believe it’s properly brought,” said Susan Green, Avi’s attorney. “Again, we’ll have to wait for trial, but I do expect my client to be fully vindicated.”

“It’s a very close-knit family; it’s a close-knit community.  And obviously no one would want to their brother charged with a crime, whether they were a co-defendant or not,” Alperstein said.

A felony charge was dropped in the case. The brothers are due in court next month.

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  1. Nae says:

    Wow, I am extremely shocked and saddened by this. I am a former classmate of Avi’s. We had a class together tis past fall and this news is just like a huge blow in the face. Wow… The world is going crazy.

    1. Baltimore_PD_Anti_Jewish says:

      No, the world isn’t going crazy. It’s the usual Baltimore Beat-Down. The pigs on the Beat are interested in kicking the Jews out of Baltimore. This is another step in that direction.

      1. Nick says:

        do you know how stupid you sound imho– Bernstein got elected by the city and the head of the police put a sign of support on his front lawn. Go sell conspiracy somewhere else

      2. D.Bowman says:

        does all your hate hurt, or are you used to it by now? look at Bernstein’s election! I fear the fact the it is legal for you to reproduce! Your a hate filled idiot!

    2. j stuart says:

      The LIberal Jews have done everything to foster the black victim mentality and in these instances it comes back on the Jews. I am sure the Jewish kids are upstanding, much more so than the poor downtrodden one they set upon.

      If I were Jewish I’d leave Baltimore to the hyenas.

  2. shawn says:

    Where are the black advocates when blacks kill blacks every day in this city?

    1. Joe D says:

      So, let me make sure I understand you Shawn: Because the alleged assault involves Jewish assailants and a Black victim this incident doesn’t merit ANY scrutiny as being possibly racially motivated or as a possible hate crime? By the way, if you were to come out of your myopic cocoon you would notice that plenty of “black advocates”, from clergy to community leaders, speak out all the time against black on black violence in Baltimore City. Of course I’m sure that YOU care very deeply “when blacks kill blacks every day in this city”. Yeah, sure you do………………

      1. lalamus says:

        Perhaps the point is that these so called “black advocates” are more interested in scoring points in the race debate than they are about helping black victims of violence.

      2. shawn says:

        I want to see the NAACP speak up about these incidents:

        David Jones
        1500 Hazel St
        Baltimore, MD 21226
        Race: Black
        Gender: male
        Age: 21 years old
        Found on January 1, 2011
        Victim died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center
        Cause: Stabbing

        Rhidel Price
        2900 Denham Circle
        Baltimore, MD 21225
        Race: Black
        Gender: male
        Age: 21 years old
        Found on January 20, 2011
        Victim died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center
        Cause: Shooting

        Marquise Hall
        500 N. Lakewood Ave
        Baltimore, MD 21205
        Race: Black
        Gender: male
        Age: 16 years old
        Found on January 1, 2011
        Victim died at Johns Hopkins Hospital
        Cause: Shooting

        Kevin S. Lewis
        600 N Carrollton Ave
        Baltimore, MD 21217
        Race: Black
        Gender: male
        Age: 45 years old
        Found on January 10, 2011
        Victim died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center
        Cause: Shooting

        Marvin Kelly
        1701 Gwynns Falls Pkway
        Baltimore, MD 21217
        Race: Black
        Gender: male
        Age: 22 years old
        Found on January 9, 2011
        Victim died at Scene
        Cause: Shooting
        Double shooting – two people killed in apartment complex laundry room

        Leon D. Smith
        300 E. 33rd St
        Baltimore, MD 21218
        Race: Black
        Gender: male
        Age: 34 years old
        Found on January 9, 2011
        Victim died at Unknown
        Cause: Shooting
        Smith was found shot several times in a vehicle in a rear alley that empties into Union Memorial Hospital.

        Wendell Woodard
        3000 Harford Rd
        Baltimore, MD 21218
        Race: Black
        Gender: male
        Age: 26 years old
        Found on January 10, 2011
        Victim died at Johns Hopkins Hospital
        Cause: Shooting
        Shot inside residence

        Deandre Garris
        3500 Woodstock Ave
        Baltimore, MD 21213
        Race: Black
        Gender: male
        Age: 34 years old
        Found on January 5, 2011
        Victim died at Unknown
        Cause: Shooting

        Hezikah Wilson
        5600 Plymouth Rd
        Baltimore, MD 21214
        Race: Black
        Gender: male
        Age: 38 years old
        Found on January 2, 2011
        Victim died at Good Samaritan Hospital
        Cause: Shooting

        Willie Davis
        1700 Gwynns Falls Pkway
        Baltimore, MD 21217
        Race: Black
        Gender: male
        Age: 26 years old
        Found on January 9, 2011
        Victim died at Scene
        Cause: Shooting
        Double shooting – victims found in laundry room of apartment complex

        These are all of the murders in the city so far this year (not including the cop). Where is the community outrage here? These people DIED and I don’t see WJZ covering stories on them, or people condemning anybody, or even anyone noticing the next day. Black on black violence is the WORST part of this city. So the fact that some jewish white kid beats up a black kid and it makes this much of a buzz, but blacks killing blacks is seen as nothing but usual, is sick, it’s just sick.

    2. Where Is The Jutstice In 2011 says:

      What does this have to do with this situation? My, what a stupid questrion to ask and you should be embarrassed. WRONG IS WRONG no matter what color, and to be wronged simply because of the color of your skin is absurb. You should totally delete yourself or grow up.

  3. marty says:

    Just a question, if you are walking through this neighborhood, what would worry you more, seeing five young Jewish men walking toward you, or seeing five young black men.

    1. Baltimore_PD_Anti_Jewish says:

      The Question should be…if you are a Jewish teen in Baltimore…would you be more worried about Five Baltimore Pigs walking toward you than would a Black teen?

    2. Grace Porter says:

      Marty! ” you ain’t neva lied!” that’s ebonics for.. You are telling the truth! and I am a black mother!

      1. Gracie says:

        another thing that does bother me though! Thier charges are dropped to mistameanors…yet the crime that really was not proven against my son has now left his great record messed up with a felony..for almost the same thing..that’s where the difference come for the black kids..that’s where justice takes off it’s blinder.

    3. Diamond Intheruff says:

      In a perfect world neither one should brother you actual, but the world is not perfect and neither are we. If you walk in fear you will be afraid of both.

    4. don johnson says:

      5 black kids working a job and not selling drugs on the corner would actually scare me more than anything

  4. Rick says:

    five jewish black youths would scare me more

  5. pigeon says:

    Pikesville use to be a Jewish Community. It isn’t any more. There are more blacks living there then the Jewish people. Stop crying racism before you know the whole story, which is purposely being withheld because it is white against black in what USE to be a white/Jewish neighborhood. Hell, the guys accused of killing their neice and (I believe) nephew lived in apartments in that area and they were neither black or Jewish. I feel the public is entire to the entire story which led up to the “young man” being jumped and ALLEGEDLY “beat up”.

    1. Baltimore_PD_Anti_Jewish says:

      Jewish communities are being exterminated all over Baltimore. It’s the result of a long history of Baltimore Pigs refusing to police those criminals who victimize members of those Jewish community. Why? The pigs don’t like Jews in Baltimore.

  6. pigeon says:

    Correction – …the public is entitled to……

  7. Brendon says:

    I feel so bad for that black kid. He was just prowling around other people’s property looking for things to steal when some puffed up community watchman came and stopped him! The nerve! And when the kid tried to swing a 2×4 with nails at the watchman, the watchman had the gall to defend himself! Unbelievable!

    1. Mark says:

      Watchman, or terrorist? This Jewish kid chose to get out of the car with two others to “confront” one person that “didn’t belong there.” Then he has the audacity to claim that he was defending himself? If he had not resorted to self-help by getting out of the car, and instead called the police to report this suspicious (black) character, he would not have had to “defend” himself. This kid is given all kinds of deference because the victim is black. Had the situation been reversed and there were black kids riding through the neighborhood to protect it and jumped out on someone of another race, it would have been called “gang related.”

      1. Baltimore_PD_Anti_Jewish says:

        Mark, probably another member of the anti-Jewish pigs in uniform.

      2. Nick says:

        The brothers chose to get out of their car instead of call the police and observe. They are responsible for their actions. But, there appears to be one more person who needs to be charged from what I read. All criminals regardless of color have to be held responsible for their actions and they need to go thru the legal process of the state and not attemt to abscound to another country to avoid that state’s legal process.

    2. Diamond Intheruff says:

      How do u know sch details? Uhmmm!

  8. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    I never met a black person or group that when walking through a white neighborhood were not looking for an open door or a unlocked window. Yeah, sure, whites go walking in Black neighborhoods all the time & nothing here happens. Yeah sure & Santa Clause is coming to town.

    1. Where Is The Jutstice In 2011 says:

      Bernard CLEARLY you are extremely limited in your exposure or limited in your IQ…. It’s laughable and your comment and you- if this is truly your thoughts- are pathetic! LOL!

      1. Baltimore_PD_Anti_Jewish says:

        Santa doesn’t come to the Jewish section in Baltimore. There is another fat man with a badge that comes around every once in a while, but he doesn’t bring presents, he brings charges, because he wants to ethnically cleanse the city.

      2. the truth says:

        Do you even know what I.Q means???

      3. the truth says:

        what do you mean where is the justice??? justice was served right there on the sidewalk that day/night….so there you go you can now stop looking for justice in 2011

    2. tito says:

      when you “met” these black people what exactly did you do? You sound so stupid. So i guess when whites walk through a black neighborhood, they are all looking to score some crack or are up to no good?

    3. Diamond Intheruff says:

      You’re joking right? Stop! Are really a child of God?

    4. Nick says:

      Bernie– I’m sure all the Madoff Jewish victems who lost money thought oh Bernie looks just likes me, has a respectable job, lives in a nice home and making me part of the club so yeah I will hand over my savings.

  9. tan hou says:

    It’s about time the Jewish people are being brought to the spot light. They have been doing things for years and it has been sweep under the rug like nothing ever. I don’t have anything against them but when they commit a crime they should be punish accordingly like ever other human being!

    1. Nancy Saks says:

      Defending yourself from being attacked by someone swinging a stick with nails in it at you is not a crime !!!

      1. tan hou says:

        That’s the story I’m sure they’ll stick too!

  10. Trueamerican says:

    There’s the double standard in full force! This black kid I’m sure is not innocent at all! These racist advocacy groups must be stopped. Maybe when this charlatan of a president is gone. Their looking for money over truth!

    1. tan hou says:

      America has always been about money and power instead of the truth and what’s right!

    2. the truth says:

      yeah advocacy groups are about as annoying as horse flys or misquitos

  11. Oori says:

    Look, The Zohan just wants to cut hair and make the people silky smooth. He joined the communist nightcrotch to keep his neighborhood safe from the fake arabs Grant Walbridge hired to start the trouble. Besides, He has an alibi. He had a meeting with the very lovely Mariah Carey and was surprised by The Phantom,

  12. Baltimore_PD_Anti_Jewish says:

    Baltimore Police are Anti-Semitic and this further proved it.

  13. Mr Zohan says:

    Baltimore PD didn’t charge hm the ASA did……

    1. Oori says:

      Mr. Zohan…You the mensch!

  14. Bernice says:

    I think that both jews and blacks should be the best of friends to each other. The Jews should remember how they were kept in a camp all those years for nothing and blacks should remember how they were kept as slaves for nothing. They should be working together .

  15. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Its quite apparent that some nerves have been struck over this beating. Where is the outrage & leadership along with accountability when Blacks sit idly by just taking what “Whitey” hands them. Why aren’t they helping them selves? Chinese, Italians, Arabs, all kinds of ethnic groups come to this country & achieve success almost overnight. Why? Mostly because they have solid support & family structure along with a responsibility for higher learning. They’re not mugging, doing drugs, stealing cars & trying to be the ext Michael Jordan or some “Super Fly pimp”. The quick score, dollar, car & “Hoe” is what motivates too many blacks in America. Maybe if Dad would be a dad & Mom also instead of letting Grandma raise the children & the government would give us decent schools & teachers, we could turn this thing around. I look at President Obama & say if he can you ca. Do you want to make the sacrifices like the Jews seemingly do? The Jews for years have been giving to so many charitable organizations in this city while many Black leaders have just gotten rich off your backs. Take control of your lives, you have choices but you have been making the wrong ones.

  16. Ex-Baltimore says:

    Man, these are some excellent comments! Wow! Straight down to the point! Yeah, so-called “Black Leaders” are always on the prow for white’s hurting blacks, but never when blacks hurt other blacks. Today’s black leaders (If such a term is appropriate to use) are only drooling for that perfect white hurting a black news saturating story in order to make far-left political gains. Today’s oppression of blacks is mostly caused by other blacks not just those in their own neightborhoods, but even by their own family members who don’t value education and occupational achievement. All ghetto blacks do is collect welfare, smoke reefer, drink vast quantities of fortified liquor products, breed furture criminal illegitimate children, and sit around watching Gerry Springer and BET dreaming of living the Puff Daddy lifestyle with “Benz’s, Bentley’s, bimbo’s, and bling.

  17. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Let all the Jews & Blacks kill each other off. We’ll all live better.

  18. Marteese Jamain Washington says:

    “Black on black killings” is just another way of saying “thinning the herd”

  19. Shayonta Dillard says:

    well David Jones was my brother..tthey didnt dig deep on his story..and i know he’s turningg in his grave because the people that killed him were set free by the state’s attorney..but i dont see nobody covering any of that..

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