REVERE, Mass. (AP) — The person police say is responsible for spray painting swastikas on all four sides of a Muslim woman’s car in a Boston suburb last month has been arrested.
Jason Pagliuca, 38, of Revere, was arrested Tuesday and charged with defacement of property and and property damage for the purpose of intimidation, Revere police announced in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
In addition to the swastikas, the words “white power” were spray painted on the street near the car on June 11, police said.
Police acting on tips from the public executed a search warrant at the suspect's home and recovered evidence directly related to the case, they said. They did not specify the nature of the evidence.
“Sadly, this crime is an example of the racism many of our residents experience on an ongoing basis," Mayor Brian Arrigo said in a statement. “We will not allow hatred in our city and we must continue to call it out and address it."
The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations offered a $1,000 reward for information that led to an arrest and conviction.
It could not immediately be determined if Pagliuca had an attorney.