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Vandals Spray-Paint 'Jew' on Home of Assistant AG's Parents: Officials

By Aidan Gardiner | September 12, 2017 3:53pm | Updated on September 12, 2017 4:52pm
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The three men wrote "Jew" on a Fieldston home's door, police said.
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THE BRONX — Three vandals spray-painted the word "Jew" on the home of the parents of an assistant state attorney general in what investigators are probing as a hate crime, officials said.

The trio painted the word on the Fieldston home of Jennifer Michael, who works for the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, near West 246 Street and Waldo Avenue about 10:46 p.m. Sunday, police and her office said.

A 77-year-old man who lives in the house discovered the graffiti about 8:12 a.m., officials said. His relationship to Michael was not immediately clear.

“The Attorney General and our entire team are disgusted and saddened by this hateful act. We’re here for the Michael family as they deal with this horrific situation,” said the attorney general's press secretary, Amy Spitalnick.

One suspect wore a hoodie and shorts, while the other two carried backpacks and wore long-sleeved shirts, police said.

They hadn't been arrested as of Tuesday afternoon, but the NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force is investigating.

"It is horrifying that one's place of residence would be targeted, attacked and singled out in such a way," added Anti-Defamation League New York Regional Director Evan Bernstein in a statement.

"Elected officials, community leaders and clergy must continue to step up and denounce this appalling act of hate and consistently condemn anti-Semitism and bigotry whenever it surfaces in New York City," Bernstein added.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).

Correction: The vandalized home actually belongs to Michael’s parents, not her, as was initially reported in the story.