Monday, February 22, 2021
Police have identified a suspect they believe to have drawn a swastika onto the Rego Park Jewish Center last week.
The hate symbol, scribbled onto a sign outside of the synagogue, located at 97-30 Queens Blvd., was drawn by a man police believe to be between the ages of 20 and 30 on Wednesday, Feb. 17, around 10:50 a.m., according to the NYPD.
After vandalizing the sign with a marker, the man fled on foot in a unknown direction, cops said.
The anti-Semitic drawing prompted an immediate response from lawmakers.
Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to aid in the investigation as Congresswoman Grace Meng joined state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz in condemning the anti-Semitic act of vandalism.
"There is absolutely no room for this kind of hatred in our community," the lawmakers said in a joint statement. "We have consulted with the NYPD, and are confident that the perpetrator behind this cowardly offense will be found, and will face justice."
City Council candidate Avi Cyperstein headed to the house of worship shortly after the incident to scrub the swastika off the sign.
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