Mezuzah-burning suspect declares innocence on Facebook
Ruben Ubiles, the suspect of in the burning of 12 mezuzahs in Williamsburg, appears to have declared his innocence on Facebook.
In an update posted via cell phone, Ubiles wrote, mostly in all-caps, that he has no problem with Jews.
“I’ve worked with them for years, so why create an unnecessary problem for me when I’m on the verge of finally grow [sic] as a person,” the post reads.
However, he also wrote, “When Jews burn wood and garbage on ebery [sic] corner, its [sic] OK to pollute the surroundings,” an apparent complaint about the Jewish community in the neighborhood.
The Facebook post references the surveillance camera footage that the police originally released when requesting the public’s help in tracking down the subject.
“No matter where I go, if I see a camers [sic], its a habbit [sic] of mine to pose (as a joke),” he wrote. “But to burn doors~ not my thing.”
Ubiles insisted that police are judging him based on his criminal record, but pointed out that he’s never been arrested for arson.
“Im [sic] known for getting into fights,” he wrote. “I dont [sic] like fires. Been threw [sic] too many of those to attempt to threaten a community thats [sic] has not violated me.”
A law enforcement source said Ubiles has been arrested 40 times, most recently for assault, but also for stealing a car, trespassing, and possession of a firearm and marijuana, as well as other thefts, robberies and controlled substance possession charges.
He has been in jail 13 times, according to a law enforcement source.
Police also said he is a member of the Latin Kings gang, and joined while incarcerated. They said he is sometimes known by the nickname “Booboo.”
He reportedly has two orders of protection out against him, from two separate women, and lives in South Williamsburg, the same neighborhood where the mezuzahs were burned.
But in his Facebook post, Ubiles insisted he is reformed.
“Those that know me for working and going to a program, should no [sic] better to just second guess me due to history, and not for how much I changed for the better,” he wrote. “I gor ro [sic] my program and inform someone of all my where abouts [sic].”
A law enforcement source reported that cops used facial recognition on the original surveillance footage to identify Ubiles as the suspect in the burning of the mezuzahs. Probable cause was established by witness reports and additional surveillance footage.
An elderly woman reportedly identified Ubiles for the police.
Cops said she told them she knew who burned the mezuzahs, and that the same person had done the same thing in her building a year ago.
She informed cops of his nickname (“Booboo”) and said she saw him yesterday.
She told the police that Ubiles spoke to her, saying “F— you Jews” and “I will rob you.”
She reportedly said he is volatile and “has a problem.”
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