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April 1, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Rabbi of Vandalized Rockville Synagogue: ‘It’s Horrifying’

A synagogue in Rockville was vandalized March 28. Swastikas and hate-based words were spray painted on Tikvat Israel Congregation, which is located on Baltimore Road, according to Montgomery County Police. During the early morning hours of March 28, a suspect drove to the synagogue’s parking lot and painted the derogatory messages. The suspect can be […]

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December 10, 2018 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Approves $200,000 Grant For Faith-Based Communities Targeted By Hate Crimes

Montgomery County has approved $200,000 for the Faith-based Facilities Security Operating Grant. The grant aims to cover security costs for faith-based communities―such as churches, synagogues, mosques, etc.―experiencing hate crimes. The county has officially opened the application for faith communities to apply for a grant of up to $20,000. Not only does the grant cover the cost […]

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October 27, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Police Stepping Up Patrols Around Synagogues

A Montgomery County police spokesman said Saturday that the county was stepping up patrols around county synagogues in the wake of the shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue in the morning. Police officials, in a televised press conference, said 11 people were killed and six injured in the gunfire at Tree of Life Synagogue, in the […]

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September 9, 2015 | Aline Barros

Gaithersburg Teen Charged With Shaare Torah Vandalism Pleads Guilty

The teen, who was arrested and charged with vandalizing a Gaithersburg synagogue, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, according to court documents. Sebastian Espinoza-Carranza was charged with defacement of religious property, damage to a religious institution, and malicious destruction of property for the antisemitic graffiti found on Shaare Torah Synagogue in Gaithersburg back in April. His sentencing is set […]

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April 17, 2015 | Aline Barros

Gaithersburg Teen Charged With Shaare Torah Vandalism Regrets His Actions (VIDEO)

It was an emotional interview for Sebastian Espinoza-Carranza at his home in Gaithersburg. The teen was arrested and charged with vandalizing a Gaithersburg synagogue. The 18-year-old teen says he is not a racist person and that he is really sorry. The congregation’s surveillance video helped lead police to Spinoza-Carranza. It shows him allegedly spray painting swastikas, […]

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April 15, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Police Announce Arrest in Shaare Torah Vandalism Case (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

From the beginning, video played a key role in the vandalism case at the Shaare Torah synagogue and today Montgomery County Police said it was a video from a nearby business that resulted in the arrest of an 18-year-old suspect. Corporal Rebecca Innocenti answered questions about the arrest of that teen in front of the […]

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April 11, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Police Ask Residents to Report Suspicious Behavior (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Police are asking Lakelands residents to report suspicious or unusual behavior as detectives continue to investigate the vandalism at a local synagogue. Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra: Police Spokesperson Rick Goodale says detectives at the 6th district station are encouraging citizens to call in any tips about this case at 240.773.5770. […]

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April 8, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Police Investigate Vandalism at Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Detectives from both the Gaithersburg and Montgomery County Police departments are looking for the vandals that defaced the Shaare Torah synagogue, located at 1409 Main Street, in the Lakelands community on April 7. The incident was first reported to a police officer who was flagged down at 7:10 a.m. on Tuesday morning by a citizen. […]

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April 8, 2015 | Aline Barros

Surveillance Video of Vandalism at Shaare Torah Synagogue in Gaithersburg (VIDEO)

UPDATED Gaithersburg police officers are looking for the vandal(s) who defaced the Shaare Torah synagogue in Gaithersburg. “At this time, detectives are continuing to investigate the incident,” said Officer Dane Lane. “They are following up on leads and speaking with citizens who may have or may not have seen anything. We are always looking for more […]

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April 7, 2015 | Aline Barros

Police Identify ‘Person of Interest’ in Vandalism Case at the Shaare Torah Synagogue (VIDEO)

Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark Sroka said detectives have identified a “person of interest” who could be involved in the Shaare Torah Synagogue vandalism case. Local authorities have surveillance footage showing a masked person running away from the building.  Sroka said the report came in at 7:10 a.m. this morning. That’s when police officers found eleven swastikas and other […]

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