Homeless Man Charged With Drawing Swastikas in Lower Manhattan

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A man alleged to be James Ryan scrawls a swastika on a pillar outside City Hall on December 13.

The New York Police Department has arrested a homeless man and accused him of five swastika-drawing incidents in Lower Manhattan during the past two weeks.

James Ryan, 39, was charged with five counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime, and four counts of aggravated harassment.

It is alleged that on December 3, Ryan three swastikas on a wall inside a construction site at 10 Maiden Lane. Ten days later, he spray-painted multiple swastikas on a building at 67 Wall Street, and scrawled a swastika on a pillar outside City Hall. The following day, he drew a swastika on a wall outside a CVS pharmacy on Fulton Street, and spray-painted a swastika on the Charging Bull Statue.


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