Man arrested after breaking mirrors of Jewish owned cars in Williamsburg (video)By Mason White 5:40 PM September 15, 2014
By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on charges of criminal damage after allegedly breaking mirrors of Jewish owned cars in Williamsburg, jpupdates.com reported.
The New York Police Department said that they arrested 27-year-old Hunter Smart of Brooklyn early on Sunday morning, after being caught vandalizing the cars.
Smart was scene walking on Lee Avenue breaking mirrors and damaging several vehicles. Passersby called the authorities, who arrested Smart at the scene.
In total, Smart broke mirrors of five vehicles. Smart, who recently moved to New York from Missouri, was charged with five counts of criminal mischief.
In July, Hasidic Jews in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, were shocked after learning that a mezuzah was ripped off a door post in an anti-Semitic attack.
The New York Police Department said that they launched an investigation on Thursday, after they received a call about the mezuzah vandalism. The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit, is calling it a bias incident.
Police officers interviewed people and reviewed security cameras in order to track down the suspect.
“I am surprised and disturbed that a mezuzah, which is a religious symbol of profound importance to the Jewish faith, was ripped off the home of a community member last night,” Council Member Steve Levin said.
“We stand united against acts of hatred, and we will pursue those responsible for the attack. Last year, multiple mezuzahs were desecrated in the same community and the criminal was found quickly thanks to the work of the NYPD. I have full confidence in the New York Police Department as they investigate this crime, and will continue to work with them through the entire investigation,” he concluded.