Ben Axelson — Syracuse.com March 21, 2017
A Jewish man in Upstate NY was jailed on Monday for falsely reporting racist vandalism to police.
Now, Andrew King, 54, of Schenectady, is facing a charge of Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree after police determined that he spray painted three swastikas on his home.
King originally reported that an unknown individual vandalized his home on February 10, WRGB-TV reported.
King was in Schenectady City lockup awaiting arraignment on Tuesday morning.
WTEN-TV reported that King was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for Harassment, stemming from an incident in which he allegedly threatened to harm another person in February.
Jewish man finds 3 swastikas spray-painted on his home
Trishna Begam — News10 Feb 10, 2017
A devout Jewish man in the community stepped outside to symbols of hate spray painted on his property located on Chiswell Street.
Andrew King found three swastikas spray-painted on the front of his home when he stepped outside on Friday.
As a devout Jewish man, he was getting everything in order before sundown on Friday for the Sabbath.
“I said well time to dig out again. I looked and said what the hell is going on here.”
One was right on the door, another to the right as you enter, and the third swastika was spray painted for anyone to see from the road.
“Terror I don’t know. Maybe they are going to do more than that, maybe from spray paint to trying to harm me.”
King called Schenectady Police right away.
“I shed a tear because people don’t realize what they are doing.”
He isn’t blaming the political climate for this hateful act.
“My politics support most of Mr. Trump’s policies. I think they use him as an excuse and would do it regardless.”
Hoping to turn this hateful symbol into a lesson for the community and is considering leaving the swastikas up.
“I want to spread a message that enough is enough.”
There are no cameras in the neighborhood