Jasmer Singh He was allegedly the victim of a brutal attack by Gilbert, 30 years old. Agustinafter their vehicles collided in Queens the previous Thursday. After the collision between Singh and Augustin’s vehicles, both cars sustained damage. When Singh tried to call 911, a man stopped him by saying, “There’s no police, there’s no police” and took Singh’s phone. . Singh subsequently chased Augustin to retrieve his phone, leading to an argument.
As he walked back to his car with his phone, Augustin punched Singh three times in the head and face. Singh fell to the ground and suffered a head injury. Augustin fled the scene and Singh was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, where he succumbed to his brain injury.
According to the New York Daily News, Augustin was charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault, and was held without bail following his arraignment in Queens on Saturday.
The news report also stated that Augustin had a suspended driver’s license and that his Alabama license plate did not match his New York registration.
Singh’s family wants hate crime charges filed against the accused
Jasmer’s grieving family demanded hate crime charges against the suspect in an interview with CBS New York.
Singh’s son Multani described him as an educated, noble and simple person who had come to the United States from India to support his family.
Multani He strongly believed that his father’s appearance as a turbaned Sikh was the main reason behind the brutality. “He looked distinguished, with a turban and everything. My father’s skull was broken. He was missing two front teeth,” Multani said.
Although investigators had detained the driver of the car, who was now facing multiple charges, including murder and assault, these charges were not categorized as a hate crime.
“The guy was addressing my father with his costume, with his turbans. There was no reason for someone to act with that intensity. My father was the target and it is a possible hate crime.”
In a heartfelt plea, Multani implored: “Please consider the safety of the Sikh community, so that no one loses their father, brother or son like I did.”
Mayor promises to protect the community
Earlier, a 19-year-old Sikh youth was assaulted on a bus in Richmond Hill while on his way to a Gurudwara. Christopher Philippeaux, 26, hit the teenager, tried to remove his turban and made derogatory comments about his clothing. Philippeaux was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court and faces charges of third-degree assault as a hate crime and second-degree aggravated harassment.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams strongly denounced this incident and pledged to safeguard the Sikh community, saying: “Jasmer Singh loved his city and deserved so much more than his tragic death. On behalf of all New Yorkers, “I want our Sikh community to know. You have more than our condolences. You have our sacred vow that we reject the hate that took this innocent life and we will protect you.”
Mayor Adams further stated that his team would hold discussions with Sikh leaders to address the specific needs of the community during the challenging period.