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16-Year-Old Hit With Hate Crime Charges For Anti-Semitic Graffiti

By Kate Pastor | September 14, 2017 4:50pm
 Anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on a door in Riverdale.
Anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on a door in Riverdale.
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BRONX — A 16-year-old accused of spray painting "Jew" across the door of a Fieldston home belonging to the parents of an assistant attorney general has been charged as an adult with committing a hate crime, prosecutors said.

The teen walked up to the home with a can of white spray paint on Sept. 9 and scrawled the word before tossing the can into a nearby bush, according to the criminal complaint.

In addition to the hate crimes charges, he was hit with charges for criminal mischief, making graffiti, possession of graffiti instruments and trespassing, the Bronx District Attorney's office said.

This is the teen's first arrest, and his was released on his own recognizance after his arraignment Tuesday, police said. 

The homeowner — whose daughter works as an assistant to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — told DNAinfo New York he discovered the "hurtful" graffiti the morning after the incident he went to get the paper.

“I went down in my bathrobe to get the Sunday New York Times at 7:30 in the morning and when I stepped out of my door to get the paper, I noticed there was spray-painting on my door with the word Jew," said the man, who declined to provide his name.

“My mind sort of just went back to seeing things like this over the years, and any time I saw it I was very offended by it, regardless of where it occurred. I didn’t expect it to occur in my front yard."