(January 29, 2020 / JNS) A woman from Upstate New York was charged with first-degree harassment as a hate crime in court on Saturday for allegedly throwing pieces of pork at a synagogue.
Tara Rios, 47, threw a package of pork chops onto the front steps of Congregation Anshe Emeth in Greenport, N.Y., on Jan. 19, causing pork fluids to be spilled onto the temple’s steps, according to a criminal complaint filed by state police with the Livingston Town Court.
Police said she allegedly returned to the scene of the crime at 3 a.m. to take photos of her actions.
“These acts caused the membership of Congregation Anshe Emeth to be in reasonable fear of further anti-Semitic acts, which could result in physical injury,” according to the criminal complaint.
She was released on her own recognizance and scheduled to return to court on Feb. 3.
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