- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

D.C. police arrested a man Monday for writing anti-Semitic graffiti on a mural as well as several coffee shops in Chinatown.

Patrol officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s First District arrested 60 year-old Generoso Anthony Capodilupo of no fixed address, and charged him with multiple counts of defacing public or private property.

In three separate incidents in early August, Mr. Capodilupo allegedly drew swastikas on a Chinese zodiac rat mural.

Then on Aug. 21 swastikas were drawn on the windows and tables of a coffee shop in Chinatown. Mr. Capodilupo allegedly vandalized another coffee shop the next day by drawing swastikas on the business’s window.

The Downtown DC Business Improvement District, a private non-profit organization tasked with helping promote diverse businesses in the community, said they hope this is the end of the “hateful” graffiti.

“The DowntownDC BID is pleased MPD has been able to move forward in this case and remains hopeful that these hateful incidents will desist. Downtown should be a safe and welcoming place for everyone and actions such as these will not be tolerated,” said Neil O. Albert, executive director of the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID).

Another Downtown DC BID member said the graffiti made for an unwelcoming environment.

“People feel personally demoralized when they see this in the public realm,” said DowntownDC BID Public Space Operations Director Kristi Whitfield.



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