Queens man accused of graffiti in Suffolk

The hate crime unit of the Suffolk County The hate crime unit of the Suffolk County Police Department investigated an incident in which swastikas and other graffiti were spray painted on a residential fence in Holbrook. (April 30, 2012) Photo Credit: James Carbone

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A Queens man spray-painted graffiti on the fence of his ex-girlfriend's house in Holbrook and then tried to mislead cops after he was questioned about it, police said.

Suffolk County police said when they questioned Samuel Galarza, 33, about the Holbrook graffiti he denied it -- and then went out and spray-painted swastikas, racial epitaphs and fake tags on four other locations in an attempt to mislead the investigation.

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Galarza, of 13308 78th St. in Howard Beach, Queens, is under arrest, charged with five counts of making graffiti, police said. He was issued a field appearance ticket returnable Nov. 26 in First District Court in Central Islip.

Police said Galarza first sprayed the swastikas and the word "SPY" on the white fence of the home belonging to his girlfriend along Express Drive North, the north service road of the Long Island Expressway, on April 29.

After being questioned by detectives from the Hate Crimes Unit, police said, Galarza "attempted to deceive" police by spray-painting three locations in Holbrook and another in Ronkonkoma on May 4.

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