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Man arrested for vandalizing Miami synagogue with swastikas and KKK graffiti (video)

By Mason White 5:44 PM September 10, 2014
Maximo De La Cruz De Jesus 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on charges of criminal mischief after allegedly spraying a swastika on a synagogue sign, police in Florida said.

The Miami Dade Police Department said that they arrested 43-year-old Maximo De La Cruz De Jesus, in connection with the vandalism of the sign in front of Temple Emanu-el.

Investigators said that the man was identified through fingerprints found on the sign. He was also positively identified by a witness.

He faces a charge of criminal mischief in a place of worship.
Police said that the incident began when they received a call just before 3:00 a.m., about someone writing graffiti on the sign of Temple Emanu-el at 1701 Washington Avenue.

When officers arrived they found a swastika, the letters “KKK,” number 33 and number of other words. Surveillance camera video shows the man with a backpack walking up to the building to draw the swastika.

Two weeks ago, a hateful letter was left in the bathroom of the synagogue. When police were called they said it was not serious.

“The Anti-Defamation League is outraged and deeply concerned about the recent wave of apparent hate crimes against two synagogues in Miami-Dade. Given these new incidents in conjunction with other recent incidents in Miami-Dade and the upcoming Jewish High Holidays, the Jewish community is understandably shaken” the Florida Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Hava Holzhauer, said.

Last month, a Chabad rabbi of Brooklyn, New York, was murdered while walking to a North Miami Beach synagogue on Saturday morning. No arrests have been made.