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Suspect arrested for hate crime in vandalism of several New York synagogues

A 29-year-old man was arrested on Saturday on a hate crime charge for his alleged involvement in a series of vandalism against synagogues in New York City.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force said it arrested Jordan Burnette of the Bronx on the charges during a briefing Saturday.

A synagogue door is damaged after a person walks through a boulder in New York’s Bronx neighborhood.NBC New York

Burnette faces multiple charges, many of which have been classified as hate crimes, including burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespassing and aggravated harassment.

Police allege the suspect threw stones at several Jewish places of worship, shattering glass and damaging property.

At least four synagogues were targeted over the weekend of April 23, according to NBC New York, and the department believes the same person committed each of the acts of vandalism.

David Hochhauser, who belongs to one of the vandalized synagogues, said he saw the suspect in the neighborhood recently.

“I think he’s mentally ill, I mean he has to be,” he told NBC New York. “It’s just disturbing to see someone breaking windows for no reason.”

It was not immediately clear whether Burnette had legal representation.

Alec hernandez contributed.

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