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Teen Stephan Stowe Taunts Jewish Man On Subway, Pandemonium Ensues

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An angry mob formed after police attempted to arrest a teen who was hurling racial slurs at a Jewish man on a Brooklyn subway.

It started when Stephan Stowe, 17, and a group of his eight friends came up to a Jewish man wearing a yarmulke on a Brooklyn-bound subway before 3 p.m. on Monday.

Stowe said "Assalamu Alaikum" to the man, which is a common greeting among Muslims meaning "Peace be with you."

But the Jewish man ignored the greeting, and Stowe went ballistic. 

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"You think you're better than me?" Stowe asked. "We are cousins."

"No we're not," the Jewish man said. He then told Stowe to leave him alone.

Then, Stowe started saying ethnic slurs and called the man disrespectful.

"I'm going to kill you right now," he said. Then he swore at the man and said "They should have killed all of you," referring to the Holocaust.

The victim took out his cell phone and tried to take a picture of Stowe, but Stowe grabbed it and deleted the picture.

He was able to grab his phone back form Stowe and ran to alert the conductor. Once the train pulled up to the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop, police were waiting to arrest the man.

But then a mob broke out unexpectedly.

As the police tried to detain Stowe, angry onlookers swarmed to record video and yell at authorities. 

Police then called for backup.

While Stowe was being arrested, a woman on the train also got involved. 

Sheniqua Joseph, 22, badgered with officers for several minutes until they arrested her. 

She was accused of throwing a haymaker at one of the policemen and kicking him in the stomach.

Joseph is facing charges of obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Stowe is facing eight charges, including grand larceny, resisting arrest and harassment.

Sources: NY Daily News, Gothamist