3 arrested for swastika vandalism at Michigan Jewish camp

FBI nabs men accused of defacing building, vehicle and signs at Agudah youth site

An illustrative photo of a spray-painted swastika on a window (ADL/JTA)
An illustrative photo of a spray-painted swastika on a window (ADL/JTA)

Three men were arraigned on Friday in rural Michigan on charges of vandalism at a Jewish youth camp last month when they allegedly sprayed swastikas on property at the site.

Dakota Burnett, 20, Xavier Mulac, 18, and Cody Emelander, 18, are facing charges of destruction of a building, two charges of destruction of personal property, and one count of malicious destruction of a sign at Van Buren County District Court in South Haven.

If convicted the men could face up to a year in prison.

The charges relate to an incident on July 26 when the accused allegedly spray-painted a swastika on a sign outside Camp Agudah Midwest, a Jewish Orthodox overnight camp in South Haven.

Tisha Baav 2015. Next year Agudah in Yerushalyim.

Posted by Camp Agudah Midwest on Sunday, July 26, 2015

Vandals also damaged a building at the camp and spray-painted swastikas on a nearby picnic table and car.

In the aftermath of the incident, the camp said, it hired a night security guard and stepped up security.

WTVB Radio reported on its website that the FBI is investigating to clarify if the attack also broke federal hate crime laws.

According to its Facebook page, the camp is affiliated with the ultra-Orthodox Agudath Israel of America and runs separate four-week sessions for girls completing grades 4-10 and boys completing grades 4-12.

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