Sunday, May 4, 2014

Asian immigrant crime: A former NYPD officer has been arrested on charges he spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti on cars and buildings in the heavily Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park

Michael Setiawan was arrested after police received a 911 call about swastikas and other anti-Semitic vandalism. The 36-year-old faces charges of criminal mischief as a hate crime and aggravated harassment. The spray-painted words were found on 15 vehicles and four buildings near the Bnos Zion synagogue and school run by the ultra-Orthodox Bobov community. A break in the case came when a young boy saw the suspect tagging a car and took down his license plate number as he drove away. Police say that Setiawan was an officer in the New York City Police Department until 2007, serving in Brooklyn’s 69th precinct in the Canarsie neighborhood. He resigned him from this position, police said. Michael Setiawan was 12 when he and his family emigrated from Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1989 after winning the green card lottery.

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