“Arrest made of a suspect in connection with the anti-Semitic graffiti” in Chinatown

chinatown
7th and H Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for passing on from MPD:

“Arrest made of a suspect in connection with the anti-Semitic graffiti. Charged with Defacing Public Property.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s First District have announced an arrest in connection with several Defacing Public or Private Property offenses that occurred in the Chinatown area of 7th and H Streets, Northwest.

Members of the First District responded to three separate incidents in the Chinatown area of anti-Semitic graffiti written on Chinese zodiac rat murals. The dates of the reported offenses are as follows:

* Monday, August 1, 2016
* Monday, August 8, 2016
* Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Additionally, on Sunday, August 21, 2016, swastikas were drawn on the windows and tables of a coffee shop in the area. On August 22, 2016, the suspect went to a different coffee shop, and again drew swastikas on the business’ window.

On Monday, August 22, 2016, First District Patrol Officers arrested 60 year-old Generoso Anthony Capodilupo of no fixed address, and charged him with multiple counts of Defacing Public or Private Property.”

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  • Shouldn’t there be an element of hate crime language associated with the charge?

    • Hate crime convictions are typically much harder to get in a case like this. It may be that they don’t have enough evidence to take it in that direction.

    • No. Under District law, there is no specific hate crime charge. It is really a motive, and the prosecutors can seek a penalty enhancement to the sentence, if convicted. For police, they indicate that it is being investigated as a possible hate crime, but that is not a charge. (D.C. Official Code § 22-3700 et. seq.)

      • Useful DC Hate Crime FAQ page linked here: http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/hate-crimes-faqs. Key block of text — “Under the Bias-Related Crime Act of 1989 (D.C. Official Code § 22-3700 et. seq.), to qualify as a hate or bias-related crime in the District of Columbia, an incident must meet the standards for both a “designated act” and a “bias-related crime:”

        “Designated act,” meaning a criminal act, including arson, assault, burglary, injury to property, kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, rape, robbery, theft, or unlawful entry, and attempting, aiding, abetting, advising, inciting, conniving, or conspiring to commit arson, assault, burglary, injury to property, kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, rape, robbery, theft, or unlawful entry. D.C. Official Code § 22-3701.

        “Bias-related crime,” meaning a designated act that demonstrates an accused’s prejudice based on the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, homelessness, physical disability, matriculation, or political affiliation of a victim of the subject designated act.”

        There might be some legalistic wrangling over the lack of an identifiable “victim”, but it seems like it could apply here.

  • Finally.

  • Yay! Great work!

  • Glad to hear this. Although surprised it took so long. I would have thought that area was covered with cameras all over the place.

  • Other articles describe the suspect as basically a crazy homeless guy. Not some evil master mind.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      “On Monday, August 22, 2016, First District Patrol Officers arrested 60 year-old Generoso Anthony Capodilupo of no fixed address, and charged him with multiple counts of Defacing Public or Private Property.” is exactly how it described here.

  • There’s no picture of the suspect, but I’m willing to bet (based on the last name) that he’s not one of the black Hebrew Israelites that certain commenters threw under the bus in the original thread on this topic. Smh.

    • I don’t see why it’s “SMH”-worthy that people would speculate that the graffiti was connected to the Black Hebrew Israelites. Just because they say anti-Semitic things doesn’t mean they’re responsible for anti-Semitic graffiti, of course, but if you say “anti-Semitism” and “7th and H NW” most people would immediately think of the Black Hebrew Israelites because of their frequent presence at that intersection. It’s not a huge leap.

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