Bronx Man Arrested For Alleged Vandalism Spree At Riverdale Jewish Centers


A Bronx man is dealing with a number of hate crime expenses after waging a weeks-long vandalism spree towards 4 synagogues and Jewish facilities, police mentioned.

Jordan Burnette was arrested on Saturday, in accordance with the NYPD’s Hate Crime Process Power, after he was stopped whereas using towards site visitors on a stolen bike.

Police mentioned that surveillance video linked the 29-year-old to a string of property destruction that had set Riverdale’s close-knit Jewish neighborhood on edge in latest weeks.

In response to the prison grievance, Burnette is accused of throwing rocks by the home windows of 4 spiritual establishments — Younger Israel of Riverdale Synagogue; Conservative Adath Synagogue; Riverdale Jewish Heart; and the Riverdale Jewish Youth Library — since April twenty first.

He visited a number of the places twice, and in a single occasion tossed a trash can into the windshield of an unoccupied Subaru, in accordance with the grievance.

Police additionally mentioned that Burnette “broken a number of spiritual books” — belonging to the Conservative Adath Synagogue — “by pouring hand sanitizer on them and throwing them into a close-by wooded space.” The books had been found following Burnette’s arrest on Saturday.

In a information convention, Deputy Inspector Jessica Corey mentioned that Burnette didn’t have any prior convictions, and that his motivation was not instantly clear.

He now faces greater than 40 prison counts, together with housebreaking as a hate crime and prison trespassing as a hate crime.

Bronx Prison Courtroom Decide Louis Nock initially ordered Burnette held with out bail, earlier than later agreeing to grant the defendant supervised launch, below the state’s new bail legal guidelines.

Burnette is due again in courtroom on Might seventh. Inquiries to his legal professional weren’t returned.