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Queens neighborhood on edge after recent attacks on South Richmond Hill Sikh community

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL, Queens (WABC) – It’s been more than a week since the incident and Ms Kaur rarely leaves the house.

She was shaking in fear as she told Eyewitness News what happened around 12.30pm last Thursday. Ms Kaur was walking home from the Sikh temple when a black SUV approached her on 114th Street in South Richmond Hill .

A woman in the back seat of the SUV called out to her, saying “Excuse me mom?”

Thinking she knew her, Ms Kaur approached the SUV and seconds later was pulled inside. There were two men up front and one of them pointed a gun at her.

The 51-year-old thought her life was over, but the thieves took her jewelry worth $7,000 before letting her go.

“Not only do I see the fear in their eyes, but it’s unprecedented,” said community activist Japneet Singh.

Singh is devastated, as the incident is the fourth involving a Sikh person in the past six weeks – just blocks away.

“If these attacks also happened elsewhere in the city, then it would be ‘ok, it’s a city-wide thing’, but concentrated within a one-mile radius – it’s very scary,” he said. added Singh.
In the previous three attacks, all of the victims were Sikh men who wore turbans – a part of the faith.

Now those who live in the area and are raising families and worshiping in the temple say the incidents are hitting too close to home.

Police say the first three incidents were hate crimes and the latest incident with Ms Kaur is being investigated as a robbery.

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