Teens turn themselves in for scrawling swastikas in Bklyn Heights

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Two teens on Monday turned themselves in for scrawling swastikas and writing a racist slur on the exterior of several Brooklyn Heights buildings last week.

Cops on Saturday circulated photos of the suspects, an 18-year-old from Ditmas Park and a 17-year-old from Red Hook, who on Oct. 30 allegedly used chalk to draw the symbol the Nazis turned into an icon of hate on four Garden Place buildings between Joralemon and State streets, and spell out the foul term n----- on the stoop of a fifth building down the block.

The acts of vandalism occurred roughly a half-day before youngsters paraded through the neighborhood to trick or treat on Halloween, and just days after a gunman killed 11 people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue.

The two teens walked into the 77th and 78th Precinct station houses some time after midnight, and cops then cuffed each before issuing hate-crime charges to both, according to Police Department spokesman Det. Ahmed Nasser.

The suspects had yet to be arraigned as of Monday evening, according to a rep for the district attorney’s office.

Their arrest came days after cops on Friday apprehended a 26-year-old Bedford-Stuyvesant resident on hate-crime charges, after he allegedly defiled a Prospect Heights temple by writing anti-Semitic statements inside it on Thursday, and set fires at multiple Williamsburg Jewish centers the next day.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 7:49 pm, November 5, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Hillary from Prison says:
Looks like the offspring of the gentrifying liberals were acting out what they learned at their dinner tables.
Nov. 5, 2018, 6:30 pm
Adam from Williamsburg says:
This Hillary from Prison guy sounds like a real POS. Are you proud of yourself? Get a life.
Nov. 5, 2018, 7:15 pm
Louis Chevrolet says:
Henry Ford?
Nov. 5, 2018, 9:14 pm
Mathemetician from Brooklyn says:
The pictures of the perps on the Daily News website do not support the first commenter's theory. In fact, quite the opposite.
Nov. 5, 2018, 9:26 pm
Frank from FURTER says:
No one excuses what these teens did. But remember two things 1. They used chalk. 2. They turned themselves in. Given the rhetoric out there and Trumps nod to the antisemites out there... I would sentence them to six months of weekend cleaning out synagogues and weeding a Jewish Cemetery. And upon successfully completed that expunged their records.
Nov. 6, 2018, 7:41 am
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
I'm with Frank from FURTER on this. That's an indication they're redeemable.
Nov. 6, 2018, 9:33 am
Mitchel Cohen from Bensonhurst says:
Interesting that these teens used chalk to scrawl swastikas AND racist anti-Black comments, and that they turned themselves in! I wonder what the swastika signifies to them? Years ago -- mid-1980s -- I went to a punk concert at the Ritz (remember that?). Some young toughs were sitting near the entrance wearing swastikas. I was enraged, but my Red Balloon Collective comrade Nicos, from Cyprus, went over to them and just talked with them explaining the history of that symbol and what it meant. Well, those kids ripped off their swastika patches and spread the info to their friends! Great lesson there. Don't assume that everyone means harm by certain symbols. They likely are not aware of the history, and only see it as "rebellion". Symbols from one generation get recycled for new meanings, though they continue to weigh like a nightmare on the brains of the living. Take the time to talk to people one-on-one!
Nov. 6, 2018, 10:06 am
Benny from Park Slope says:
Funny how a spittle-flecked, semi-literate troll like "Hillary from Prison" is constantly bleating about "liberals" when, in fact, the racist goons and traitorous, uneducated Trumpkins on the Right are the real purveyors of hate, lies, and violence in America. But hey -- whatever. It's just a bunch of Jews being attacked, right? I mean, it's not like they're real Americans. SMH.
Nov. 6, 2018, 10:35 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I think they only turned themselves because they believed that they would get a good plea bargain otherwise they wouldn't do it, though being an Jew myself, the placing of swastikas needs to stop and now.
Nov. 6, 2018, 2:08 pm
Susan Franconi says:
Teens?!? More like mean-s! Extremely rude! Bad parents for sure.
Nov. 6, 2018, 3:44 pm
Babs says:
Clearly attention seekers trying to escape their boring lives. That's why they turned themselves in - they were desperate for people to look at them. Pathetic.
Nov. 7, 2018, 6:07 am
Chalk from Brooklyn says:
If I wash off, I'm not a criminal. Just silly kid stuff. Let's not make more of this than it is, otherwise we'd have to imprison every kid that chalks up the sidewalk. I'd rather see the police get the moving companies and handyman that stick their advertisements all over the public utility poles - that's a crime and the police do nothing about it despite their phone numbers being on the fliers.
Nov. 7, 2018, 10:39 am
Frank from Furter says:
A kid who chalks the street with a picture is in fact not committing a crime as malicious mischief requires damage to be a crime. A person who puts a hate message is in fact committing a crime. Putting up posters on city property does get summoned all the time..But never results in jail. They even gives summonses to political posters if they don't promptly removed them after the election. If you see them call 311 they will get ticketed.
Nov. 7, 2018, 2:24 pm

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