TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police have charged an Ohio man with criminal
damaging in the spray-painting of a swastika and message cursing Arabs
on a Lebanese family's garage door in suburban Toledo.
Township police say 28-year-old Osama Nazzal, of Toledo, has a March 1
court appearance to face the second-degree misdemeanor count. Police say
he told them the message wasn't a matter of ethnic intimidation, but
they declined to discuss his possible motive.
Court records don't list an attorney for him and no one answered a telephone Wednesday that had been listed to him.
Blade newspaper of Toledo reported that resident Souheir Eltatawy said
she has felt afraid since the vandalism occurred; she declined further
An installer and radio station donated a new
garage door to help the family after the Jan. 10 vandalism, and the
community has shown support in other ways. People put encouraging
messages on the defaced door about welcoming neighbors and love
conquering hate. A couple hundred people also joined members of the
Toledo Symphony to sing outside the home.
Deputy Chief Jim Rettig said detectives acted on a tip that led them to the suspect.
"It was a good old-fashioned police work with very limited resources, very limited evidence," Rettig said.