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Turkish National Charged With Attack On Turkish Consulate In Manhattan

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York
Recep Akbiyik Allegedly Shattered the Turkish Consulate Building’s Windows and Doors and Charged at Two of the Consulate’s Security Officers with a Metal Bar

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Carlos F. Matus, the Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (“DSS”), and Keechant L. Sewell, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced that a Complaint was unsealed today alleging that RECEP AKBIYIK used a metal bar to shatter the glass of 10 windows and two doors of the building housing the Turkish Consulate General in New York, New York (the “Turkish Consulate”).  When two of the Turkish Consulate’s security officers emerged from the building to investigate, AKBIYIK allegedly charged at the security officers with the metal bar and, as the security officers retreated into the building, repeatedly struck the building’s doors with the metal bar.  AKBIYIK was arrested this morning and will be presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave. 

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “As alleged, Recep Akbiyik brazenly attacked the Turkish Consulate building, causing serious damage to its windows and doors.  Even worse, Akbiyik allegedly endangered two of the Turkish Consulate’s security officers, nearly beating them with a metal bar.  As these charges make clear, people who attack diplomatic facilities or their employees within the United States will be held accountable for their actions.”   

DSS Director Carlos F. Matus said: “The Diplomatic Security Service is firmly committed to working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our other law enforcement partners to investigate allegations of crime related to diplomatic facilities and personnel within the United States, and to bring those who commit these crimes to justice.  This was a great success by all of the agencies involved.”

According to the allegations in the Complaint:[1]

On May 22, 2023, at 3:15 a.m., AKBIYIK used a blue metal bar to shatter approximately 10 of the Turkish Consulate’s windows.  Below are photographs reflecting the damage done to the windows: