Arrest made in connection to swastikas painted outside Port Washington school
An arrest has been made in connection to two swastikas spray-painted outside of John Philip Souza Elementary School in Port Washington over the weekend.
Police say the arrest was made after photos of the suspect were made available earlier in the week. Tips provided to police led to the arrest, they say.
Police say the suspect, who is not being identified because they are a juvenile, has been charged with aggravated harassment and criminal mischief as a hate crime.
Port Washington police say the symbols of hate were first spotted around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
The school district says they were each about 3 feet in diameter and drawn in black spray paint. One of the swastikas was in the front of the building and the other was in the back.
Superintendent Michael Hynes says workers covered up both of the swastikas before children arrived at school Monday morning.
This was the second time in about six months that swastikas were found in Port Washington. Back in October, 12 swastikas were found spray-painted inside the Police Athletic League building.