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3 arrested for spray painting ‘you don’t belong here’ and ‘go out’ on Borough Park yeshiva building

By Mason White 1:14 PM July 16, 2014
Swastika illustration 

By: Anika Rao
Three teens were arrested on charges of vandalism after
spray painting hateful messages on a Borough Park yeshiva building, police in New York said.

Brooklyn Police said that a swastika and the other hate-filled messages were scrawled along several properties near 58th Street and 17th Avenue.

The messages included anti-Semitic graffiti that said: “you don’t belong here” and “go out.” The massages were sprayed on the yeshiva building wall and on the yeshiva school bus.

An administrator of the yeshiva helped police with locating the suspects. The three suspects were recorded on the school’s surveillance cameras.

“I am very pleased that the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force has made the arrests of the young punks who tried to intimidate our community by scribbling hate messages. It’s unfortunate that these guys came to our neighborhood just to spread their anti-Semitic ideas. I hope that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for their despicable crimes,” Council member David Greenfield said.

Police identified the suspects as 18-year-old Randy Martinez, Robert Diaz and Steven Sragoso, both 17 years old.