Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ex-Marine Arrested In Hate Assault Of Pakistani Family In Marine Park

Pregnant Shabana Chaudhry was walking to a playground in Marine Park with her two-year-old son ina stroller on Sept. 6, when they were attacked by Andrew Laina, 28, in the park's parking lot court papers charge.  He tried to grab their son and punched her husband. Laina is facing up to four years in prison for assault as a hate crime. (Photo: Jesse Ward/For New York Daily News) 


A Pakistani family was allegedly attacked by a violent former Marine during an afternoon stroll to the park — at least the second anti-Muslim hate crime in Brooklyn in as many weeks, the Daily News has learned. 

Shabana Chaudhry, 29, who’s nine months pregnant, was walking to a playground with her two-year-old son in a stroller, not far from her Marine Park home on Sept. 6, when they were allegedly accosted by Andrew Laina. 

“What are you doing in my neighborhood? Get out, Arab,” he yelled at the woman, who was wearing traditional garb, court papers charge. He then decked her husband Muhammad Rizwan, 29, who immigrated to the U.S. just a month ago, and tried to grab their son, Talha. 

“It was really scary,” Chaudhry said, adding the offender was persistent and clearly intoxicated. 

“He wasn’t fighting with anyone else, but he wouldn’t leave us alone,” she said.

 “I didn’t expect something like this,” said Rizwan, who was thrown to the ground but escaped without injuries.

Former Marine Andrew Laina (pictured) allegedly yelled at Shabana Chaudhry to get out of the neighborhood as she walked to a Marin Park playground with here family and punched her husband Muhammad Rizwan.

“It was not my intention to fight.” 

Cops responded and cuffed Laina, a known nuisance with a lengthy rap sheet.

 “I am not the enemy. They are terrorists,” the criminal complaint quoted him as telling police. 

“I am a Marine. I was in Iraq. I killed 14 people.”

Laina, 28 is facing up to four years in prison for assault as a hate crime. His Facebook page shows him dozing off while wearing fatigues and crawling in muck. The disgraceful defendant had pleaded guilty to petty crimes at least five times over the past two years, doing a few weeks in jail at most, records show.  

“He should definitely not be out on the streets until he’s safe for the kids in the neighborhood,” Chaudhry said. 

Her experience was reminiscent of what happened to Arab activist Linda Sarsour, who was also wearing a hijab when a neighborhood boozer in Bay Ridge last week spouted expletives and allegedly threatened to behead her and a colleague. The accused attacker in that incident has also been slapped with bias crime charges. 

Chaudhry said she sometimes overhears a hateful racial remark, but never experienced any violence.

 “We’ve never had a problem before. It’s safe,” she said of the neighborhood where she has lived for the past five years. 

“At least we thought it was safe.”  

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EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Marine busted in hate assault of Pakistani family
New York Daily News - September 14, 2014 - BY Oren Yaniv


  1. I grew up with Andrew and he is not what this article is portraying. He had a traumatic upbringing followed by the horrors of war. His mind is filled with horrible memories and thoughts and he drinks a lot just so he can get a break from the mental torment. He obviously is an alcoholic on top of having mental illness, which at the very least is post traumatic stress disorder. I'm not condoning what he did whatsoever. Nobody deserves to be treated like the victims. As for the author I'm sure he embellished things alot, just like all American media does. I actually find the author to be a hypocrite. Just as the author is saying Andrew prejudged these people, the author is clearly pre judging andrew. Hey author why don't you go do a tour in Iraq and see the horrors that this individual did. Typical American media.

  2. Also author the victims did not just move to America a month ago. Also there's two sides to the story. I know for a fact the victims been in America at least 10 years. Get your facts straight. I bet you don't even post my comments.

  3. Andrew is innocent. He is a good Man. I known him for many years. He may have some problems but he is not dangerous . He's a good and intelligent person when he is not intoxicated .

    1. Met the Marine recently, the article isn't "reporting " what actually happened. This writer uses partial quotes from the wife and alleged victim and plugs in a clearly bias slant to paint an inaccurate picture. Why are none of the Marines comments about the incident included, just alleged statements from the alleged victim (s)? We great a benefit of doubt to every cop no matter how damning the alleged evidence but for those who answered the call of that Tuesday downtown we immediately assign guilt....smh your welcome. Andrew keep your head up brother, hope you got home that night. Time to fall in leather.....