Cops: Motive for anti-Arab graffiti was personal, not ethnic

by Associated Press on February 16, 2017 at 11:06 am

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio suspect told them he spray-painted a swastika and message cursing Arabs on a Lebanese family’s garage door not because of their ethnicity but because he was angry over a perceived slight.

Twenty-eight-year-old Osama Nazzal, of Toledo, is scheduled for a court appearance March 1 for misdemeanor criminal damaging. WTVG-TV reports Sylvania Township police have decided he won’t be charged with a hate crime.

Court records don’t indicate whether Nazzal has an attorney.

Police say he told them he felt threatened after the homeowner’s daughter snickered at him in a college library, so he researched her address and spray-painted the graffiti.

The Blade newspaper reports the woman later told police Nazzal stared at her and followed her at the library.