Police: Man caught on video drawing swastika in snow outside Upper East Side synagogue


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Police are looking for a man who they say drew a swastika in the snow outside of a historic synagogue on the Upper East Side.

Video released by the NYPD on Wednesday shows an unidentified man walking up to the front doors of the Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue and East 65th Street on Tuesday morning.

The footage shows the man walk to a path of snow near the synagogue’s steps, where he crouches down and draws a swastika with his finger.

Police say the man was caught on camera drawing the hate symbol at around 8:15 a.m.

The suspect took off northbound on Fifth Avenue. He is described as a light-skinned male, with a beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing a multi-colored bucket hat, a dark colored hooded parka, blue jeans and black boots.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.