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Yardley man, 20, arrested for vandalizing NJ shopping center with swastikas

Brandon Wetzel faces charges.

Hunterdon swastika grafitti arrest made

WEST AMWELL TWP., N.J. - Police said they've nabbed the person behind anti-Semitic graffiti in a New Jersey community.

They've arrested and charged Brandon Wetzel, 20, of Yardley, Bucks County after three Hunterdon County businesses were spray-painted last week.

Businesses in the The Mount Airy Shopping Village in Lambertville said they were shocked when it happened.

"We came in and there was graffiti all over the three buildings in this development. There was a line across most of the building and swastikas," said Jordan Brennan, with the Downtown Performing Arts Center.

Curse words were also painted on the buildings.

It was also shocking for those who take classes at the Downtown Performing Arts Center.

"I was really surprised. All of these people are really nice and I was wondering who would do something like that? It's really mean and cruel," said Regan Frankhouser.

Brennan said the businesses aren't sure why they were targeted.

"I don't think there are any ties to these buildings. I don't know him....It's definitely targeted at something...but I don't think we would have been targeted in that manner. If anything, it would have been no more singing and dancing. We're a performing arts center," Brennan said.

But not knowing the motive isn't making it any less hurtful.

"I think it's more of an emotional damage," Brennan said.

Brennan said business owners are pleased with the police department's quick response.

"I do think that means justice will be served," Brennan said.

At this time, a motive is not clear.

Police said Wetzel posted bail and was released pending his first court appearance.


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