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A 29-year-old man is charged with vandalism and hate crimes at several synagogues in the Bronx last week, New York police said on Saturday.
Jordan Burnette was arrested around 3 a.m. after being arrested by police for cycling against traffic. This was announced by Deputy Inspector Jessica Corey, commander of the Hate Crimes Task Force, at a press conference.
#BREAKING: Police arrested Jordan Burnette of Spuyten Duyvil after they caught him on what they said was a bike stolen from one shul. He’s been charged with vandalism as a hate crime & faces other charges in the rock attack on three other synagogues … https://t.co/ctUxzNozpI? pic.twitter.com/jBaZ4f5Hu1
— The Riverdale Press (@riverdalepress) May 1, 2021
Surveillance video from the area reportedly showed Burnette throwing a stone through the windshield of a delivery truck and was in the parking lot of a synagogue where religious prayer books were found strewn on the ground.
Police said Burnette was cycling from a shed in the parking lot when he was arrested.
He is believed to have smashed the windows of four synagogues last week.
Corey has said he will face multiple charges, including theft as a hate crime.
Burnette’s phone book could not be found on Saturday and it was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer to speak on his behalf.