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Homeless man accused of scrawling graffiti on Freeport temple

Police say a homeless man is responsible for scrawling "derogatory ramblings" on the doors of a Jewish temple in Freeport and elsewhere in Nassau this month.

Serge Delaleu, 44, wrote the offensive messages in red marker on the front doors of the B'nai Israel Temple on North Bayview Avenue on the morning of April 8, Nassau County police said.

Delaleu drew swastikas and wrote other messages earlier this month at "several random locations" across Baldwin and Roosevelt, police said.

First Squad detectives found Delaleu on Friday on Charles Street in Roosevelt. He was arrested and charged with five counts of criminal mischief, five counts of making graffiti and two counts of aggravated harassment.

Delaleu was arrested in 2012 after police said he spit on a 24-year-old woman who was carrying a 4-month-old baby in Roosevelt. Nassau police, at the time, said Delaleu had a history of mental illness and erratic behavior.

Delaleu was arraigned Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead, police said. He was being held on $15,000 bond or $7,500 cash.

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