A suspect was arrested recently following several vandalism incidents at synagogues located in the Bronx area of New York City.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jordan Brunette faces multiple charges that include burglary as a hate crime, ABC 7 reported Saturday.
The outlet continued:
Police officers were on patrol around 3 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Delafield Avenue and West 246th Street in Riverdale when they say they saw him riding a bike against traffic. They stopped him and tried to write him a ticket, but police say Brunette became uncooperative and refused to provide proper identification. He was taken into custody and brought him to a precinct for further questioning because he fit the description of the suspect in the string of vandalism.
Police returned to the location to canvass the area and found a van with a broken windshield.
“Police say video from a nearby security camera captured Brunette throwing a rock at the van. They say the video also showed him leaving the parking lot of the nearby Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale,” the ABC report read. The officers also discovered books thrown about in the synagogue and a shed that was broken open. A groundskeeper said the bike the suspect was riding was taken from inside the shed.
“Brunette is accused of throwing rocks at the windows of four synagogues,” the outlet stated, adding police did not give a motive.
NYPD Hate Crimes shared surveillance footage April 25 of the suspect pulling an object out of his coat pocket and throwing it at the front of a building:
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) April 25, 2021
At a press briefing Saturday, Deputy Inspector Jessica Corey said the investigation is ongoing:
Watch as Deputy Inspector Corey of @NYPDHateCrimes update the media on the arrest of an individual sought in a hate crimes criminal mischief pattern in the confines of the @NYPD50Pct pic.twitter.com/hm2A9vR20z
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 1, 2021
“This has been going on for a few days. This was a department-wide effort,” John Miller, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism explained. “Hopefully life will resume back to normal and people will be able to worship without fear.”