WEEKLY UPDATE 10/28/2019
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Police in Rochester, England are trying to identify whoever entered the cemetery at the Chatham Memorial Synagogue and destroyed headstones with a sledgehammer. After destroying the gate to the cemetery the vandal(s) knocked over and heavily damaged four headstones. The incident is being investigated as an anti-Semitic hate attack.
Police in Crowley, LA are looking to bring hate crime charges against whomever is responsible for a string of church vandalisms. Five separate incidents have occurred in the last two months where someone has thrown a brick or piece of concrete through front door glass or stained glass windows.
Amere Alderson has been charged with breaking out windows at the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN. Alderson was observed running from the church after breaking several windows. He admitted to throwing multiple bricks though the church's windows, but at this point it appears this was a vandalism incident and not directed at the religion of the church.
Authorities in Washington, D.C. are investigating an incident where graffiti was scrolled on the doors and walls of the Washington Hebrew Congregation. Someone used what appears to be a black permanent marker to write numerous anti-Semitic statements, profane language and child like drawings of male and female genitalia.
Arson investigators are trying to determine who broke into the Station Church in Hornell, NY. Once inside the suspect(s) vandalized the sanctuary and lit a trash can ablaze. The fire spread causing significant damage.
Matthew Amiot has been sentenced to three months in jail for setting fire to the Adas Israel Synagogue in Duluth, MN. He was also placed on four years of intense probation and required to pay $66,000 in restitution for the amount not covered by insurance. Amiot, who was homeless, set clothes on fire at the synagogue to keep warm. The fire grew out of control and destroyed the building. Investigators don't believe there was any specific intent.
Police in Bridgeport, CT have increased patrols in the area of the Congregation B'NAI Israel after two bomb threats were received. The threats prompted the evacuation of the building to include students in the synagogue's school. No explosives were found during a search. Investigators have determined the calls were placed by a man in Florida, who has a documented mental health history. The man has made similar calls in the past. The investigation is on-going.
A man was caught on surveillance video as he spray painted a derogatory Spanish word on the front doors of the St. Patrick's Parish in Watsonville, CA. This is the second incident at the church. Six weeks ago, the same individual was captured on video as he threw a rock through one the church's windows. A specific motive has not been determined.