Man suspected in vandalism at several New York synagogues

May 1, 2021 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — A 29-year-old man will face hate crime charges for allegedly vandalizing several synagogues last week in the Bronx, New York City police said Saturday.

Jordan Burnette was arrested about 3 a.m. after being stopped by police for riding a bicycle against the flow of traffic, Deputy Inspector Jessica Corey, commanding officer of the Hate Crimes Task Force, said at a news conference.

Surveillance video from the area allegedly showed Burnette had thrown a rock through the windshield of a van and was in a synagogue parking lot where religious prayer books were found strewn on the ground.

Police said Burnette was riding a bicycle taken from a shed in the parking lot at the time he was stopped.

He is suspected of shattering the windows of four synagogues last week.

Corey said he would face several charges, including burglary as a hate crime.

A telephone listing for Burnette could not be located Saturday and it was not immediately known whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.