A former New York City policeman was arrested today (May 4, 2014) for allegedly spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Brooklyn, the Forward (Jewish) website reports.
Michael Setiawan, 36, was arrested today for the vandalism spree the previous night throughout Borough Park. His graffiti includes swastikas and disgusting epithets against Jews.
The anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted in red on a school building and on 20 private residences and cars. A surveillance camera at the school showed Setiawan spray-painting on the school's door, where hate graffiti was found. Setiawan was charged with criminal mischief and aggravated harassment, both as hate crimes.
"It is unconscionable that someone would spray such hateful graffiti across our community -- the crime is only more appalling that it was done on the holiest day of our week," said Councilman David Greenfield, who represents the area.