Man Charged With Hate Crimes for Vandalizing Shore Parkway Jewish Center

BROOKLYN -

A Brooklyn man has been arrested and charged with hate crimes for allegedly vandalizing a Jewish center.

The incident occurred at the Shore Parkway Jewish Center at 26th Avenue near Cropsey Avenue in the Gravesend neighborhood, around 8:50 p.m. Sunday night. Police say Osman Butt, 25, who lives just a few blocks from the Center, used a flagpole to “break numerous windows,” then entered the building “and continued to damage property.” 

Butt made anti-Semitic statements following his arrest.

He was charged with burglary as a hate crime and criminal mischief as a hate crime.

Butt has seven prior arrests, all on drug charges.

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