State College police have suspects in anti-Semitic vandalism at Penn State fraternity

mcarroll@centredaily.comDecember 6, 2013 

State College police said they have identified the two white, college-age men behind an alleged hate crime at a predominantly Jewish fraternity.

The men, who were not identified and had not been charged as of Friday, are suspected of spray painting anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas on cars and a building at Beta Sigma Beta.

Lt. Chris Fishel said the men face charges of ethnic intimidation, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Fishel said tips from the public helped investigators identify the men.

Police previously released photos of the pair that were captured on a security camera behind the fraternity on Berry Alley, and offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest and prosecution.

The footage shows the men in the early morning hours of Nov. 8 damaging cars to the rear of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and then walking north on Berry Alley toward Nittany Avenue, spray painting cars and other property behind Beta Sigma Beta.

Police said much of the vandalism was directed toward Beta Sigma Beta.

“This isn’t some minor situation,” Police Chief Tom King said at the time.

“This is hatred directed toward a group of people.”

Fishel could not provide a time frame Friday on when charges would be filed. He said the men would not be identified until they are charged.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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