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Swastika graffiti on a column at DC’s Union Station, Jan. 28, 2022

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s First District and Amtrak Police on Saturday announced an arrest “in reference to Display of Certain Emblems and Defacing Private/Public Property Offenses that occurred in the First District.”

The display was of multiple swastikas that were drawn on Friday on the columns of Union Station in Washington, DC, one day after International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Swastikas Found on DC’s Union Station after International Holocaust Remembrance Day).

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On Friday, 34-year-old Geraldo Pando, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with the “display of certain emblems” as well as “defacing private/public property.”

According to DC Police, on Friday, January 28, at approximately 12:45 AM, the suspect spray-painted swastikas on the pillars and building in the Unit block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northeast. This offense is being investigated by Amtrak Police with assistance from MPD.

Also on On Friday, January 28, at approximately 4:25 PM, it was reported that the suspect spray-painted graffiti on buildings at the following locations:

900 block of 5th Street, Northwest
400 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest
400 block of L Street, Northwest

The Metropolitan Police Department and the Amtrak Police are investigating the offense as potentially being motivated in whole or in part by hate or bias. The designation can be changed at any point as an investigation proceeds and more information is gathered. A designation as hate or bias-motivated crime by MPD does not necessarily mean that prosecutors will prosecute it as a hate crime.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington tweeted on Friday that it was disturbed by the images of a swastika at DC’s Union Station, adding: “This antisemitic and hateful symbol has no place in our society, and to find it in our city the week of International Holocaust Remembrance Day is particularly offensive.”

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David writes news at JewishPress.com.