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Teens face multiple felonies after eight acts of vandalism in Florida

In the last two weeks, Pensacola saw a spate of swastika graffiti, coupled by bricks thrown through synagogue windows.

Pensacola Police Department vehicle in Florida. Credit: Courtesy.

Three minors and one adult allegedly perpetrated a series of crimes in the last two weeks terrorizing the Jewish community of Pensacola, Fla. These included bricks with swastikas drawn on them thrown through synagogue windows and black swastikas spray-painted on a house.

Local law authorities arrested and charged Waylon Fowler, 17, Wyatt Fowler, 15, Nicholas Ferry, 16, and Kessler Ferry, 18, for the crimes.

The Fowlers received seven counts of felony criminal mischief, upgraded to a hate crime, as well as one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief and one charge of felony trespassing.

Nicholas Ferry received four counts of felony criminal mischief; Kessler Ferry received a single count of felony criminal mischief. Both charges were increased to hate crimes. 

Other vandals potentially involved may also find themselves in handcuffs soon, police warned.

Pensacola Police Chief Eric Randall said, “We hope that these arrests can bring comfort and closure not only to those in our Jewish community, but to all citizens of this great city.”

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