Huntsville synagogue vandalism case remains unsolved two years later

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – More than two years after two Huntsville synagogues were defaced, Huntsville police say they have been unable to close the case.

The FBI is also looking into the case, but the agency’s position is unclear.

The Etz Chayim and Chabad Synagogue in Huntsville were both vandalized with anti-Semitic symbols and language in April 2020.

HPD has said for over a year now that they have a person of interest in the crime.

However, the department did not release the person’s identity to News 19 on Tuesday.

An Etz Chayim worshiper told News 19 that they were tipped off about a potential FBI arrest related to vandalism of the synagogue, which is considered a hate crime. The federal agency says that is not true.

“The FBI has not made any hate crime arrests in the Northern District of Alabama in the past two years,” FBI spokesman Paul Daymond said in an email. “However, we certainly believe there are unreported hate crimes that we would like to hear about. In fact, the FBI, both locally and nationally, has made a concerted effort to raise awareness of hate crimes and encourage reporting.


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