Berkeley police arrest suspect on suspicion of antisemitic hate crime, vandalism

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A suspect, who was identified as a 39-year-old man with no listed address, was arrested by Berkeley Police Department officers on suspicion of committing various acts of antisemitic vandalism.

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On May 3, Berkeley Police Department officers arrested a suspect who allegedly committed various acts of antisemitic vandalism across multiple days.

The suspect, a 39-year-old man with no listed address, first allegedly vandalized a private residence on the 2500 block of Warring Street on April 29 between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., according to a BPD Nixle alert. The suspect allegedly left antisemitic graffiti and also destroyed an artifact of Jewish religious significance.

Between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. the same day, the suspect allegedly vandalized a Jewish synagogue with more antisemitic graffiti, the destruction of more Jewish religious artifacts and a handmade reverse swastika on the 1300 block of Oxford Street, the alert added.

On April 30, surveillance video caught the suspect allegedly burglarizing a Jewish community center on the 2700 block of Bancroft Way between 2:33 a.m. and 4:35 a.m., according to the alert. The suspect allegedly left “bizarre messages” in English and Hebrew and built several shrines, as well as leaving with some property.

According to the alert, the suspect was spotted in Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on May 3 and arrested on suspicion of burglary and vandalism. He was also arrested on suspicion of defacing property for the purposes of intimidation, which is considered a hate crime.

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