Monday, January 28, 2008

Indictments Handed Down on Hate Crimes In Brooklyn

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has charged Ivaylo Ivanov with more than 100 counts in a rampage of anti-Semitic vandalism across Brooklyn and includes possession of an explosive device.
At a news conference on Sunday, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes said Ivanov had been indicted on more than 100 counts of criminal mischief as hate crimes and illegal possession of explosives and weapons, and could face 25 years in prison if convicted on the most serious charge.

Police say Ivanov was already a suspect in those incidents when he called police last week to report a gunshot wound to his finger.

Responding officers found a cache of rifles, handguns and homemade pipe bombs in his apartment.

Meantime Sunday, authorities also announced the indictment of another man, Pavel Andreenko, in connection with a series of anti-Semitic graffiti, including spray-painted swastikas, in the Flatbush and Sheepshead Bay areas of Brooklyn.
These two men weren't operating together, but their actions contributed greatly to increased concerns in the Jewish community of intolerance and threats of further attacks.

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