STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – A 63-year-old New Springville man, accused of threatening to kill an Islamic woman and her young child with a knife last year outside his home, has pleaded guilty to a hate-crime charge.
However, that felony conviction will be vacated and Wolodymyr Pidluznyj will be sentenced on a non-hate-crime misdemeanor if he complies with certain requirements to include taking anger-management classes, said prosecutors.
Court documents said the events unfolded around 8 p.m. last Sept. 8 on Nome Avenue.
Pidluznyj approached the victim, who was dressed in “full Islamic clothing which included a hijab,” said court papers.
A hijab is veil worn by some Islamic women which usually covers the head and chest.
The victim’s 4-year-old child was with her, court documents said.
Pidluznyj snarled, “I’m going [to] kill you all, you f—— Muslim,” and tried to stab the woman and child, said court papers.
She and the child managed to avoid him, the woman told police.
Later, while at the 121st Precinct stationhouse in Graniteville after his arrest, Pidluznyj seemed to blame the victim for the confrontation.
“If I had a gun, I would have killed them all,” prosecutors’ Voluntary Disclosure Form quotes him as saying. “I had the knife on me. She was talking to me aggressive.”
The knife was recovered, said court documents.
Pidluznyj was charged with one count of second-degree menacing as a hate crime, a felony.
He’s also accused of misdemeanor counts of criminal weapon possession and menacing.
The hate crime accused the defendant of intentionally targeting the victims due to their religion and threatening them with a knife.
Pidluznyj pleaded guilty on Friday in state Supreme Court, St. George, to the felony charge.
He also pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree menacing, a low-level misdemeanor.
Under his agreement, Pidluznyj will be placed on interim-supervision probation. While on probation he must attend 12 anger-management classes, prosecutors said.
If the defendant complies, the hate-crime conviction will be dismissed, and he’ll be sentenced to a conditional discharge on the misdemeanor.
A final order of protection will be issued in the victims’ favor.
Orders of protection were issued at the defendant’s arraignment in November instructing him to have no contact with the victims.
Conor McNamara, Pidluznyj’s lawyer, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.