Witness Help Aid in the Arrest of Man Charged With Attacking Sikhs in NY

July 13, 2004

Source: Newsday


On July 13, 2004 Newsday reported, "A Long Island man was arrested yesterday in the Richmond Hill attack of an honorary Sikh priest that stemmed from an argument over the turban the victim was wearing.

Witnesses to the attack led police to arrest Salvatore Maceli, 26, of Valley Stream. Police said Maceli was with a group of men who allegedly attacked Rajinder Singh, 54, Sunday outside of Il Palazzo di Villa Russo, a catering hall on the corner of Lefferts Boulevard and 101st Street.

Maceli was awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court last night on a charge of third-degree assault as a hate crime. If convicted, he could face up to four years in prison."