Police are on the lookout for a man who was caught on video taking multiple MTA service advisory flyers and forming them into a swastika at a Manhattan subway station on the last day of 2019.
The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident, which took place at 6:20 a.m. on December 31st, 2019, at the 96th Street 1/2/3 station on the Upper West Side. According to the police, "an unidentified male used MTA service advisory flyers to create and affix a swastika on the exterior of an elevator at the location."
The suspect, who is wanted for aggravated harassment, then fled the station.
Last week, the NYPD asked for the public's help in finding two suspects who drew swastikas on a Greenpoint restaurant. Across New York City, incidents of anti-Semitism have increased 26 percent in 2019. After a spike in anti-Semitic crimes, including violent attacks in Jersey City and upstate New York, the NYPD has increased its presence in certain neighborhoods.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.