Police release surveillance footage of Williamsburg synagogue vanadlism

Local law enforcement and the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force are working to track down this girl, who threw a milk crate at a Williamsburg synagogue on Rosh Hashanah.
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Police released surveillance footage of children vandalizing a Williamsburg synagogue during the Jewish New Year on Sept. 30, a misdemeanor violation that “disgusted and enraged” Governor Andrew Cuomo, who tasked the state’s Hate Crime Task Force with tracking down the youngsters.

The video shows two kids throwing a plastic milk crate and another object at the Throop Avenue house of worship near Bartlett Street on the second day of Rosh Hashanah at 5:29 pm, before scurrying off with a group of other children.

After fleeing, the kids returned to throw some more stuff at the synagogue, before hightailing it for the second and final time, footage shows.

A window was shattered during the incident, causing about $250 worth of damage, according to Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brendan Ryan.

Ryan could not say whether investigators have pinned an age to the suspects, but said they stand at about five-feet tall and weigh between 90 to 100 pounds.

Cuomo condemned the youngsters as anti-Semites in a strongly worded statement released on Oct. 2, in which he announced the role state police would play in tracking down the pint-sized culprits.

“I am disgusted and enraged by yet another anti-Semitic act of vandalism, the desecration of a synagogue in Williamsburg over Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar,” said Cuomo. “It is simply unconscion­able.”

Crimes driven by anti-Semitic motives are up 63-percent this year, and Cuomo directed state police to patrol areas around synagogues throughout the Jewish New Year celebrations in an effort to ward of attacks.

“We will not allow the cowards who contributed to the recent rash of hateful acts against the Jewish community and other groups to intimidate or divide us,” Cuomo said.

Local law enforcement is investigating the vandalism as a possible hate crime, and is pursuing misdemeanor criminal mischief charges against the children, Ryan said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at (718) 260-4505, or email
Updated 4:35 pm, October 3, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Kathleen from Bayridge says:
What's the big deal? Really..its ok to raise your children as disrespectful brats...without respect of others you do not get respect which many communities are get what you give..its wrong excuses...
Oct. 3, 2019, 8:41 pm
Bob from Brooklyn says:
It's a sick and sickening act.
Oct. 3, 2019, 9:18 pm
Jim says:
An elementary student should know better. These are criminals no excuses.
Oct. 3, 2019, 10:08 pm
Mike Park from Crown Heights says:
A. Very very Stupid kids - cameras everywhere these days. B. Maybe not a “hate crime” but definitely they singled out this place of worship, why? C. Those comments here allowing for bad behavior because they’re kids are also part of the problem. D. The governor is a bit over the top but he is a politician.
Oct. 4, 2019, 6:24 am
ND from Manhattan says:
@ MyLow" What's the big deal? The big deal is if they are not caught they will think they can get away with things like this and will continue to do them. It may be "just vandalism" at this point and they may never do anything like it again. Or, next time it could be an attack on a person. They need to learn there are consequences for their actions and need to think about why they are vandalizing a house of worship. They should be the ones to do community service. Not their parents.
Oct. 4, 2019, 6:45 am
Sid from Boerum hill says:
So "krystal nach" was only a misdemeanor? If someone deliberately broke a window at a church it wouldn't be a hate crime? Of course it should be vigorly investigated. I dont care how young they were and should have known better. I dont necessarily blame the parents I want to know more first. We have 30000 police in NYC. Crime is down. The city can afford to investigate this. They have pictures it wont take that much time. The parents should turn them in.
Oct. 4, 2019, 8:54 am
Jay from Greenpoint says:
Francis from Lower East Side says: how would you react if happens in your community,
Oct. 4, 2019, 11:10 am
Henry Ranzenstein from MillBasin says:
Big Tough Cuomo sics his burley cops on Children not even in their teens. What a waste and how truly pathetic. Trump and Cuomo are like two pees in a pot.
Oct. 4, 2019, 5:14 pm
Sid Pollack from Bed Sty says:
This is not a hate crime. Children of this age have no idea what a hate crime is. A good spanking may be in order.
Oct. 4, 2019, 7:33 pm
Fred from Sunset Park says:
Racism, bigotry and hatred are taught early, by word and by example, in many communities.
Oct. 4, 2019, 8:02 pm
Donald from Manhattan says:
If this happened to an NAACP headquarters I'm sure we'd be hearing a different tune from you people
Oct. 4, 2019, 9:54 pm
bonnie from marine park says:
if it was the other way around if the jews threw a milk crate at the african americans it would be considered "a hate crime"...if they are "just kids" then they should be under the supervision of their parents at all cant eat from both sides of the plate...."no excuse for bad behavior"...society is going down the tubes because young children are taught "they are entitled to do whatever they want" "no respect for a house of worship?" D.i.s.g.u.s.t.i.n.g....if they dont respect a house of worship they for sure will not respect anyone walking down the street!!! why should they? no punishment!!!! wake up!!!! dont blame the politicians for these kids bad behavior and their parents lack of supervision!!! Actually, it is a form of child abuse that their parents are not keeping an eye on them!!!!
Oct. 5, 2019, 7:58 am
Francine from Franklin Avenue says:
Just children acting badly. Certainly not a hate crime epidemic. Administer a good dose of corporal punishment and forget about it. Parents need community service too.
Oct. 5, 2019, 12:49 pm

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