Arrest made in Brooklyn swastika vandalism

Police: Man busted with bombs & weapons, admitted to painting 23 swastikas in September
January 21, 2010 11:12:32 AM PST
A man busted with bombs and weapons in his house admitted to painting 23 swastikas in September -- some of them across the street from the Brooklyn Heights brownstone. Police say 37-year-old Ivaylo Ivanov admitted to painting the swastikas in a spree on Sept. 24, 2007.

Ivanov was charged with 23 counts of aggravated harassment as a hate crime and 23 counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree as a hate crime.

He will be arraigned later today in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

Eyewitness News is told Ivanov was taken into custody yesterday after he shot off the tip of his left finger inside 58 Remsen Street.

When police arrived, they uncovered a cashe of pipe bombs and weapons in a Brooklyn Heights brownstone

Ivanov shared his apartment with a nationally renowned AIDS researcher, Michael Clatts. Police would like to talk to Clatts, who may be out of the country.