Police are searching for a man who spray-painted a swastika on the street in a predominantly Jewish area of Crown Heights over the weekend.
Surveillance video released Monday shows a man wearing a backpack and gray sweater, walking with another person. The vandal is believed to have spray-painted the symbol with white paint at around 6 p.m. on Saturday on Montgomery Street near Brooklyn Avenue.
The suspect painted the backward swastika in a neighborhood where many Lubavitch Jews live, and then ran west on Montgomery Street, police said.
Rabbi Mordechai Lightstone reported the incident and tweeted a photo and message Sunday morning. “BREAKING: Swastika spray painted on Montgomery St in heart of Jewish Crown Heights. Note: This is not a first here.”
The swastika was covered by a traffic cone, but later in the afternoon, a self-proclaimed anarchist with the Twitter handle @AngryMarxistJew, tagged over the symbol with a video of the act and warning: “Nazi scum be afraid.”