DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver are investigating swastika vandalism left on a church that works to unite Jewish and Christian worshipers. Officers have arrested the man they believe is responsible.

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The swastikas were found on the side of the Church in the City synagogue located at 1580 Gaylord Street near East High School about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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“I feel violated,” said Tamara Hoskins, Church in the City facility manager.

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Hoskins said the man arrested in the case came to the church to get a hot meal as part of their daily ministry.

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“It was his first time ever coming into the building and I arrived as it was happening and I was just taken by it because we’ve been trying to say this is God’s house, this is not yours,” said Hoskins.

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The suspect, later identified as Frank Maya, was arrested at the scene on Wednesday morning. He has a prior criminal history, according to officers.

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CBS4 crews were there as Maya was questioned and taken into custody. He is being held on Investigation of 2nd Degree Assault on a Peace Officer, Investigation of Criminal Mischief
Investigation of Bias-motivated crime – Property Damage.

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“We’re doing good for the community and I believe this one is trying to take our good away,” said Hoskins. “We open our home, this is a home to all of us. It’s our family, because we here at Church in the City are family.”

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Comments
  1. Robert Chase says:

    Police in Denver are investigating “swastika vandalism [sic]”? What is that? I don’t see a swastika either; try consulting a dictionary.