1 Arrested in anti-Semitic Vandalism at Church, Jewish Center

WASHINGTON — Fairfax County police have arrested a 20-year-old Virginia man on charged related to plastering a Fairfax County Jewish community center with swastikas, similarly defacing a nearby church and passing out anti-Semitic flyers at a community college campus.

Authorities arrested Dylan M. Mahone, of Annandale, on Wednesday in connection with the spray-painted anti-Semitic messages that appeared at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and the Little River United Church of Christ earlier this week.

Mahone is also suspected of posting anti-Semitic flyers on a campus of Northern Virginia Community College last month, police said.

Police said they identified Mahone using surveillance video. He has been charged with multiple counts of felony destruction of property, placing a swastika on religious property with the intent to intimidate and wearing a mask in public to conceal his identity.

The vandalism shocked the community’s center’s director, Jeff Dannick, who called it “absolutely devastating.” Spray-painted messages at the nearby church covered up a sign that urged empathy toward Muslims.

Police are expected to provide more details about the arrest during a Thursday afternoon news conference.

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