Suspect sought in vandalism at two Jewish temples in Sarasota, Sheriff’s Office announces

Incidents occurred between 2 and 3 a.m. on July 15

This is the suspect in the vandalism cases. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to identify the suspect responsible for vandalizing two Jewish temples overnight in Sarasota, it has reported.

On July 15 between 2 and 3 a.m., the suspect is seen in surveillance footage first walking onto the grounds of Temple Emanu-El, which is located at 151 McIntosh Road, a news release says. “A short time later the same suspect approached Temple Sinai,” which is located at 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Road.

“At both locations,” the release adds, the suspect “spray-painted multiple swastikas and other graffiti,” causing thousands of dollars in damage.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall, with dark hair and a thin build, the release says. “During both incidents overnight, he was wearing a blue baseball cap, dark long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, and gray athletic shoes. His face was also covered with a red bandana.”

A similar incident occurred on April 2 at Temple Emanu-El, the release notes.

This is a vandalized sign at Temple Sinai. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

This is a link to surveillance video the Sheriff’s Office has provided in an effort to facilitate the arrest of the suspect: – inbox/WhctKJVzXHpGsRfTKMCmHRdFJzWRdGZDnXWgFDZfQDqczZFlDNPxbzmdGqJMjtFrdRxGFzG?projector=1