Chandler police arrest 4 in Menorah vandalism hate crime

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Clive Jamar Wilson   Friday 17 March 2017  [Source: Chandler Police] Clive Jamar Wilson Friday 17 March 2017 [Source: Chandler Police]

Four young men have been arrested for damaging a holiday Menorah decoration in the front yard of a home last December.

Chandler Police spokesman Sgt. Daniel Mejia said their officers arrested three juvenile boys and one 19-year-old man Friday after a lengthy investigation.

Mejia said all four will face felony charges of criminal damage and trespassing.

The incident happened last December as Hanukkah drew to a close.

[ORIGINAL STORY: http://www.azfamily.com/story/34155161/community-supports-family-whose-menorah-was-found-twisted-into-swastika]

Last December a Chandler family woke up to find their front-yard decoration celebrating the holiday had been twisted into a swastika shaped symbol.

Naomi Ellis said her husband, Seth, built the menorah after their three sons – ages 5, 7 and 9 – asked for holiday lights to celebrate the season.

“We live in a great neighborhood with kind and welcoming neighbors,” Ellis said. “We never would have imagined that someone would spread so much hate here.”

Mejia says the investigation is continuing.

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