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Arrest made in Gaithersburg synagogue vandalism

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- An adult male was arrested Wednesday morning in connection to an act of vandalism at a synagogue in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County police announced.

Sebastian D. Espinoza-Carranza, 18, of Gaithersburg, Md. was arrested after police brought him in for an interview.

On March 7 at approximately 2 a.m., the Shaare Torah Synagogue on Main Street was defaced with swastikas and other discriminatory messages, according to Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman.

The estimated damage of the synagogue is $1,300, according to police.

The suspects were caught on security cameras wearing masks while vandalizing the synagogue.


On Friday, police obtained surveillance video from a 7-Eleven in Gaithersburg that showed a group of males in their late teens. Police say one of the males appeared to be the same person seen in the synagogue surveillance video.

The males in the 7-Eleven surveillance video were identified and interviewed. Police say Espinoza-Carranza was one of those males.

Espinoza-Carranza was arrested Wednesday after police say he met with detectives for an interview.

According to police, Espinoza-Carranza admitted to having animosity toward the Jewish people at the congregation. Espinoza-Carranza also told police that the clothes he wore during the vandalism were located at his residence.


No arrests yet in Gaithersburg synagogue vandalism


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