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Berkeley, California (Tuesday, May 11, 2021) - On April 29th between 4 am and 6 am, a suspect vandalized a private residence on the 2500 block of Warring Street with graffiti referencing those of Jewish faith and also destroyed a Jewish religious artifact. 

Between 6 pm and 7 pm the same day, the same suspect was seen vandalizing a Jewish synagogue on the 1300 block of Oxford Street with anti-Semitic writing, destroying religious artifacts and also by leaving a handmade reverse swastika. 

Several hours later (on April 30th between 2:33 am and 4:35 am), the same suspect was caught on surveillance video burglarizing a Jewish community center on the 2700 block of Bancroft Way.  During that burglary, the suspect wrote several bizarre messages in English and Hebrew that referenced Judaism, rearranged some items into shrines and also took some items. 

After reviewing surveillance recordings of the incidents, officers were able to develop a suspect in the case.  After additional investigation, officers identified the suspect (a 39-year-old man, no address) and searched for him. 

On May 3rd, officers spotted the suspect in Civic Center Park and arrested him on suspicion of PC 459—Burglary, PC 594(a)—Vandalism and PC 422.6(b)—defacing/destroying property for the purpose of intimidating/interfering with the free exercise of any right/privilege secured to the person by the Constitution.  PC 422.6(b) is considered a hate crime.

A hate crime is a crime against a person, group, or property motivated by the victim’s real or perceived protected social group (see Information Bulletin on Hate Crime Laws). 

The Berkeley Police Department recognizes and places a high priority on the rights of all individuals guaranteed under state and federal law.  The commission of a hate crime is a serious offense, which will not be tolerated in the City of Berkeley. 

For more information about Hate Crimes and reporting, visit the CA Attorney General’s website resources. 

Case 2021-00018987


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