Police have identified a suspect in connection to a hate crime in which more than 30 homes and vehicles were tagged with antisemitic graffiti in San Antonio. Photo: Twitter.
The FBI and the Texas Rangers announced on Thursday that they had identified a suspect concerning the antisemitic graffiti discovered in a predominately Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio, local news station KSAT 12 reported.
Authorities said the suspect lives near the area where the attack took place. They are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in their investigation of the antisemitic graffiti that was found spray-painted on more than 30 homes and vehicles. The graffiti included images of swastikas, “KKK” lettering and other hateful slurs.
Members of the area’s Rodfei Sholom Congregation discovered the vandalism on Wednesday morning in the area around the synagogue after they finished morning prayers. The graffiti has since been removed.
Police said they are taking the antisemitic attack seriously because hate crimes can lead to violent acts of terror.
“We have seen in the past and in other communities that an act of vandalism, motivated by prejudice or hate, on one day could lead to a violent act if it’s allowed to continue,” said FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee.
Pastor John Hagee, founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), said the antisemitic attack is “an assault on both Christians and Jews.” He called on San Antonio residents to help police find the “hoodlums” behind the attack so that they could be “punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
The San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) expressed solidarity with the city’s Jewish community in a released statement on Thursday.
“San Antonio’s Muslims stand with our Jewish neighbors in rejecting the intolerance that results in such offensive and un-American behavior,” said CAIR-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain. “We hope the perpetrators are brought to justice and educated about the negative impact their hate-filled beliefs have on the entire society.”
Anyone with information on the antisemitic vandalism can call the FBI at 201-225-6741. Tips can also be submitted on Tips.fbi.gov.
Source:: The Algemeiner