2 suspects wanted after swastika, other graffiti found spray-painted on side of NYC yeshiva

SOUTH SLOPE, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Police are searching for two men who scrawled a swastika and other graffiti on the side of a Brooklyn yeshiva.



A camera captured the suspects in the act last Sunday afternoon at the Mesilas Bais Yaakov High School in South Slope.

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Police say in addition to the swastika, they spray-painted the words 'Ace and Rico.'

Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement condemning the vandalism,

"I am disgusted by reports of anti-Semitic graffiti that was recently found scrawled on the side of Mesilas Bais Yaakov in Brooklyn. This bigoted attack - which came as the family of New York celebrated Hanukkah - is simply despicable, and the fact that these vandals targeted an institution focused on educating our children makes their act of hate even more reprehensible. Over the last nine months, New Yorkers have shown that we are both united and loving, and we will not let those who wish to divide us succeed. In New York, we are committed to protecting those who are targeted because of who they are or what they believe, and I am directing the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to immediately offer assistance in this investigation."

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.
One of the suspects is described as a 5'10" man with a medium complexion, weighing 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a jacket, blue jeans, black sneakers, and a backpack.

The second suspect is described as a 5'10" man with a dark complexion weighing 250 pounds with a large build and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a black balaclava face mask, a black shirt, a button-down jacket, blue jeans, brown sneakers, and a satchel bag.

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