‘Kyke’ vandal suspect knew neighbors were Jewish by ‘way they spoke’
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‘Kyke’ vandal suspect knew neighbors were Jewish by ‘way they spoke’

James Rizzo paints a swastika along with misspelled slur on garage door of Staten Island home

New York police crew members removing a swastika from a garage in Staten Island. (NYPD 23rd Precinct via JTA)
New York police crew members removing a swastika from a garage in Staten Island. (NYPD 23rd Precinct via JTA)

The neighbor of a Staten Island family reportedly admitted he painted a swastika on their garage door, telling police he knew the family was Jewish “because of the way they spoke.”

James Rizzo, 37, was arrested Thursday and arraigned the following day in the vandalism earlier that week. He also painted the misspelled slur “Kyke” on the garage.

Rizzo, who lives several houses away from the Calabrese family, was seen on surveillance camera footage vandalizing the white door with black paint.

Prosecutors at his arraignment said Rizzo, who has a criminal record, admitted that he committed the crime, DNAinfo reported. He is charged with two counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime and aggravated harassment, and is being held on $10,000 bail. Rizzo’s lawyer says he has mental health issues, but refused a psychological examination.

Debra Calabrese, who has lived in the house for 14 years with her husband, who is not Jewish, originally told the local media that she did not plan to paint over the graffiti because she wanted people to see it, despite urging by police to cover it up once their investigation was completed.

Following Rizzo’s arrest, a special clean-up team arrived at the home to power wash and repaint the garage door at the behest of local city councilmen.

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