BROOKLYN (PIX11) – Police just released these pictures of the man wanted for questioning in the torching of twelve mezuzahs in the last two days. He’s described as a male Hispanic between 20 and 25 years of age in what police are calling a possible anti Semitic hate crime.
“We call it a possible hate crime until we know exactly what happened,” NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. “Until we make an arrest,” he added.
Marlene Fischer broke down and cried when she heard that yet another mezuzah had been torched at the Independence Towers in Williamsburg. This time it was on the 13th floor at 130 Clymer Street .
“It’s horrific. It makes me cry,” Marlene Fischer told PIX 11.
Sara Stern, a Williamsburg community leader said there are some Holocaust survivors who live in the building. “They have been through so much,” Stern said.
A member of this Hasadic community showed PIX11 her mezuzah, a Jewish ritual object hung in a doorway that contains parchment with Hebrew Bible verses on it. It is sacred to so many in this community.
Today politicians gathered to speak out about this possible hate crime.
“This brazen attack occurred on a day that is important to so many,” Steve Levin, NYC council member said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the anonymous police tip line at 1-800-577-TIPS.