A 31-year-old Waretown man has been arrested and charged in connection with a hate crime that occurred last New Year's Eve in Sayreville.
Federal agents arrested Christopher Ising this morning on an indictment that charges him with conspiracy to commit a hate crime, as well as the actual commission of a hate crime assault, in violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Ising, a purported member of the white supremacist organization known as the “Atlantic City Skins,” is scheduled to make his initial court appearance later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor, in Newark federal court, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.
Michal Gunar, 27, of East Windsor, was also named in the indictment. Gunar is an alleged member of another New Jersey-based white supremacist group known as the “Aryan Terror Brigade.”
The New Year’s Eve assault involved three Middle Eastern men in Sayreville.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in federal court, on Dec. 31, 2011, Ising allegedly hosted a New Year’s Eve “meet and greet” white supremacist event at his former residence in East Brunswick.
According to the indictment, at 11:30 p.m., Ising and Gunar allegedly drove to an apartment complex in Sayreville, with the purpose of assaulting random, non-Caucasian individuals.
While at the complex, the defendants allegedly located and attacked three Middle Eastern men, shouting anti-Arab slurs, brandishing a knife, utilizing brass knuckles and injuring two of the victims.
A call to the Federal Public Defender's office regarding the indictment was not immediately returned.