January 18, 2020

Swastika Found Inside NYC Car

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: NYPD officers stand guard at Times Square on January 3, 2020 in New York City. The NYPD will take actions to protect the city and residents against any possible retaliation after the deadly US airstrike in Iraq, Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference on Friday. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

A swastika and several swear words were found inside a vehicle in a Queens neighborhood in New York City.

New York State Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Queens) tweeted photos of the graffiti on Jan. 13, showing the swastika scrawled on the back of the driver’s seat with the words “F— you!” written next to it. The same words were also found in a couple of other spots inside the car.

“Yet another anti-Semitic attack,” Rosenthal tweeted. “This time in our own backyard. We must be able to feel safe in our neighborhoods. We must do more. This trajectory is unsustainable and unacceptable.”

New York City Police Department (NYPD) Detective Annette Shelton told the Journal in an email that the vandalism occurred on the evening of Jan. 12. The following morning, the driver of the vehicle, a 49-year-old male, “discovered the driver’s side door opened and multiple punctures and graffiti written inside.  There are no arrests at this time and NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force was notified and the investigation continues.”

Ricky Malone, Rosenthal’s communications director, told the Journal in an email that nothing was stolen from the vehicle, a 2019 Infinity.

Anti-Defamation League New York/New Jersey tweeted, “Aware of this alleged anti-Semitic incident in Queens. Reaching out to law enforcement to find out more.”