Teens turn themselves in for scrawling swastikas in Bklyn Heights

Hate in Heights: Swastikas, racial slur scrawled on five buildings, police say
Molly Cooper

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.

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