Search underway for suspect who spray-painted multiple swastikas on Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota

Sheriff’s Office asking for help in identifying man shown in video surveillance

This graphic shows several stills from surveillance video at Temple Emanu-El. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to identify the suspect responsible for vandalizing a Jewish temple in Sarasota.

On April 2, just after midnight, the suspect walked onto the grounds of Temple Emanu-El, which is located at 151 McIntosh Road, and spray-painted multiple swastikas on the temple causing, an estimated $5,000 in damage, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall, clean-shaven and with no visible tattoos, a news release says. “At the time of the incident, he was wearing a dark baseball cap, short-sleeved button-up collared shirt, blue jeans, and flip flops. He also had headphones in his ears,” the release notes.

Anyone with information related to the incident or the suspect is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Section at 941-861-4900 or 941-861-4928.