NEW YORK – A man arrested in a series of attacks on Bronx synagogues has been charged with several hate crime-related offenses, New York police said over the weekend.
Jordan Burnette, 29, faces more than 40 charges, according to online court records, related to last week’s attacks on several synagogues in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, which included broken windows, damaged prayer books and a stolen bike.
New York City Police Assistant Inspector Jessica Corey said during a press conference saturday that Burnette was charged with “burglary as a hate crime and also faces numerous charges related to the numerous acts of vandalism as hate crimes that have taken place in this community”.
A lawyer listed for Burnette did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
Burnette was being held on a cash bond of $ 20,000 or a bond of $ 30,000. New York law limits the charges on which a person can be held on cash bond, but Judge Louis Nock said shattering the glass was a violent crime and ordered bail, reported the New York Post.
Another hearing is scheduled for Friday.
Corey said Burnette was arrested early on Saturday when officers noticed him cycling against traffic. When they tried to issue him with a moving offense, Burnette did not cooperate and did not provide identification, Corey said. Burnette was returned to the compound building and police determined he matched the description of the suspect wanted in the series of attacks, Corey said.
When officers inspected the area around where Burnette was arrested, Corey said they found a van with a broken windshield. The video showed the man smashing the windshield and leaving the parking lot of the conservative Adath Israel synagogue, Corey said.
Religious prayer books were thrown on the ground and a property guard told police bike officers saw Burnette ride a horse, Corey said.
Corey said police didn’t believe anyone was involved but are still investigating.
At other synagogues attacked in the neighborhood, the suspect reportedly smashed windows and front doors.
In response to the attacks, officers guarded many other synagogues in the area as well as other places of worship, police said.
The New York Police Department recorded at least 54 anti-Semitic hate crimes from this year to Sunday. In 2020, 58 had been registered until May 2.