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Suspect Detained in Mezuzah Burning Incident

He’s got quite a record

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Following the mysterious and heinous torching of 11 mezuzot at a public-housing complex in Brooklyn earlier this week, a suspect is in police custody.

He was identified as Ruben Ubiles, 35, who the police say has more than 50 prior arrests, on charges including robbery, assault, and weapons and drug possession. No information was immediately released on where and how Mr. Ubiles, who uses several names and was initially identified by the police as Rubin Ublies, was apprehended.

The investigation of the incident was initially conducted under the assumption that it was a bias crime–especially given that it happened on Yom HaShoah. According to the report, police are unsure whether the timing of the vandalism was a factor in the crime.

Let’s hope they still realize it’s a hate crime to burn mezuzot.

Vandal Burns Williamsburg Mezuzahs on Holocaust Remembrance Day [Observer]
Man Accused of Burning Jewish Symbols Is in Police Custody [NYT]

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Habbgun says:

Not a good use of hate crime law. This man is a criminally deranged drug addict. Normal criminal proceedings should get this man away from society. Hate crime law should be only used when because of the kind of targeting normal criminal proceedings leave the victim or future victims vulnerable. That is not the case here. It is a lone nut with criminal tendencies. Criminal proceedings are criminal proceedings not teachable moments.


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Suspect Detained in Mezuzah Burning Incident

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