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Beverly Hills Police Arrest Man after Menorah Vandalism

UPDATE February 14, 2023: The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced Eric Brian King was sentenced to two years formal probation and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution related to the vandalism of a Beverly Hills menorah display in December; more here.

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A man from Texas was arrested Monday on accusations of vandalizing a menorah in Beverly Hills.

On Sunday around p.m., Beverly Hills police officers were called to an area near Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Drive after receiving a report of someone who was defacing a Menorah on private property.

Eric Brian King, 47, of Dallas, was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism and a hate crime, Lt. Giovanni Trejo of the Beverly Hills Police Department said. King was being held on $20,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation, which may lead to additional charges being sought against King, Trejo said.

President Joe Biden and others around the country are condemning growing antisemitism attacks as Hanukkah begins for Jews around the world. 

The Democratic president will tell guests on Monday night – the second night of Hanukkah — that silence is complicity, according to White House officials, and will add that it’s imperative that hate, violence and antisemitism are condemned.

The holiday celebration comes during a spate of antisemitic episodes.