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Vandal Attacks Staten Island Synagogue

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a vehicle and individuals in relation to an incident that involved damage to a synagogue property in Staten Island.

Police responded at 12:27 a.m. on Saturday to Congregation Toras Emes., when an unknown individual “exited from the rear passenger seat of a vehicle and ran through the PVC fence at the location,” causing damage to the fence, the NYPD released in a statement on Sunday, along with an image of the car and persons of interest.

The individual who damaged the fence is described as a male with a thin build, last seen wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt and black pants. The unknown operator of the vehicle was wearing a red shirt, while the unknown front-seat passenger was wearing a white shirt.

The District Commissioner said the “individual then re-entered the rear passenger side of the vehicle, which fled the scene traveling southbound on [Hylan] Boulevard.”

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.

“While this incident and possible motives remain under investigation by District Attorney McMahon and the NYPD, any act of vandalism at a Jewish house of worship on Shabbat is completely unacceptable,” said the Staten Island Hate Crimes Task Force.

“The simple fact is that our Jewish brothers and sisters, along with many members of our nation’s countless minority groups, feel unsafe and threatened,” the statement said, adding, “Hateful rhetoric and vile acts against those who are different is shameful and must always be universally condemned, and we must commit ourselves to continue to drive out hatred through accountability for the intolerant, and education for the uninformed.”

Source: https://www.silive.com/crime-safety/2023/01/nypd-hate-crime-reported-at-synagogue-on-staten-island.html