Ruben Ubiles, charged in mezuzah burnings, in hospital

Police say they believe Ruben Ublies is the man responsible for the 12 mezuzah burnings in Williamsburg. (NYPD)
Police say they believe Ruben Ubiles is the man responsible for the 12 mezuzah burnings in Williamsburg. Credit: NYPD

Ruben Ubiles, the suspect in the burning of 12 mezuzahs in Williamsburg, has been moved from a police facility to a hospital, according to a law enforcement source.

The desecration of the Jewish symbols has also officially been deemed a hate crime, according to the source.

The source said charges filed against Ubiles include 12 counts each of burglary as a hate crime, arson as a hate crime and criminal mischief as a hate crime. He also faces an additional 12 counts of reckless endangerment, arson and criminal mischief.

When Ubiles was arrested at his ex-girlfriend’s home, he had a glass crack pipe in his pocket, cops said.

Ubiles was arrested at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday at his ex-girlfriend’s home. He was charged with violating an open Order of Protection the ex-girlfriend had against him. She told police that he knocked on her door and threw something at it. She said he also threatened to kill her, a law enforcement source said.

The charges filed Thursday are in addition to the Order of Protection violation.

A law enforcement source said he made statements to detectives in which he admitted to committing the incidents.

On Wednesday morning, he wrote a lengthy Facebook post in which he vehemently declared his innocence.

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