NYPD: Ruben Ublies charged with hate crimes in mezuzah burnings
A Brooklyn man has been charged with several hate crimes in this week's burnings of 12 Jewish religious objects at a housing complex, NYPD said Thursday.
Ruben Ubiles, 34, had been brought in for questioning Wednesday after police circulated a surveillance photo of him from one of the buildings in the Williamsburg community where 12 mezuzahs had been torched.
The suspect, of 803 Herkimer St., was charged with 12 counts each of second-degree burglary for hate crimes; fourth-degree arson for hate crime; fourth-degree arson for reckless endangerment; criminal mischief for hate crimes; second-degree reckless endangerment; and fourth-degree criminal mischief.
Residents of the housing complex, owned by the New York City Housing Authority, have been on edge since the burnings. On Monday, Holocaust Remembrance Day, 11 mezuzahs were burned at 85 Taylor St., and the next day, another one was found torched at the neighboring 130 Clymer St., police said.