Arrest made after historic DC synagogue vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

Arrest made after historic DC synagogue vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti
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A man was arrested Monday and charged after allegedly vandalizing the historic Sixth and I Synagogue in Washington, D.C., with anti-Semitic graffiti, according to a police report.

Luis Montsinos, 28, of no fixed address, is facing charges of defacing and destroying property, according to the police report. 

Police said Monstinos allegedly carved and drew anti-Semitic “gestures and symbols” at the synagogue, named for its cross-street address, damaging a wood door with a glass window and the concrete steps before fleeing the scene. 

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Officers found and arrested him Monday afternoon, police said. The man is also facing charges for an outstanding bench warrant from November, according to the police report. 

Sixth and I Rabbis Shira Stutman, Aaron Potek and Jesse Paikin notified congregants of the incident in an email Monday that was shared by some congregants on Twitter. 

“In these moments, it’s important to remember that it is not a shame but an honor to be a Jew,” they wrote. “It is no small irony that it was our doors, symbols of welcoming and inclusivity, onto which someone spewed hatred and bigotry.” 

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser condemned the attack Tuesday on Twitter

@SixthandI is a pillar of DC values—a center of inclusivity, community, and spirituality. That members of our community had to face anti-Semitism during a weekend focused on gratitude is heartbreaking and today we send them and the entire DC Jewish community a signal of love, strength, and solidarity,” she tweeted. “Hate crimes against any of our communities have no place in DC.”