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Suspect in California Synagogue Vandalism Arrested for Separate Antisemitic Hate Crime

One person was arrested Tuesday in connection with a possible anti-Jewish hate crime at a Mediterranean bakery in Fresno and police say the suspect may have also been involved in vandalizing a synagogue.

The vandalism comes as Israel wages war against Hamas after several terror attacks killed more than 1,000 people last week.

Orlando Javier Ramirez, 30, was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, committing a hate crime and making criminal threats in connection with an incident at Noah’s Ark Restaurant and Bakery earlier this week.

On Tuesday morning, a bakery employee found that two store windows had been broken, Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama said in a statement. A newspaper containing handwritten threats to Jewish-owned businesses was also left at the scene.

Ramirez is also a “person of interest” in a felony vandalism incident at a Jewish temple that was also discovered Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Source: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-10-11/man-arrested-in-possible-hate-crime-at-fresno-bakery-is-also-a-suspect-in-synagogue-vandalism