The Bayonne Police Department has arrested three, two young adults and one teenager, for spray painting swastikas at three different locations on three different instances.
Jeremy Marion, 18, Seth Lupianez, 19, an one male teenager, all of Bayonne, were charged with several counts of criminal mischief, bias intimidation and conspiracy, according to Police Capt. Joseph Scerbo.
The Bayonne Police Department Detective Bureau, with the assistance of the New Jersey Transit Police Department, conducted an investigation into three incidents of criminal mischief involving graffiti within the City of Bayonne.
In all three incidents, the graffiti involved the writing of the words ”Atowaffen Division,” a reference to a neo-Nazi terrorist network, as well as the drawing of several swastikas.
The first graffiti incident occurred in Dennis P. Collins Park on an aluminum sign affixed to a
waste basket, the second incident was reported on 8th Street between Broadway and Avenue C on the “Faces of Bayonne” portraits, and third and final incident occurred on the 45th Street Light Rail platform on the glass block partition wall, authorities said.
“The Bayonne Police Department asked me to hold off on making public comments about
the recent episode of vandalism with swastikas, in order to avoid jeopardizing their investigation. As a former police captain, I understand the importance of letting an investigation come to a successful conclusion before making announcements about it,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a statement.
“I would like to thank the Bayonne Police Department and the New Jersey Transit Police for their patient and successful investigation. Thousands of Bayonne residents fought against Nazi Germany during World War II. Our community rejects swastikas, nooses, and all other hateful symbols and everything that they represent.”