Police: Four arrested for turning Chandler menorah into swastika

Posted at 4:12 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-18 11:13:29-04

Police have made several arrests in connection with a menorah that was vandalized and turned into a swastika late last year.

The menorah, which was made out of PVC pipes, was a Hanukkah decoration put up by a family near Chandler Boulevard and McClintock Drive.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation later joined the investigation as law enforcement looked into whether the vandalism constituted a hate crime.

Friday, police said four people, 19-year-old Clive Jamar Wilson and three juveniles, were arrested for the crime. A Chandler Police Department spokesperson said all four will be charged with one count of first-degree criminal trespass and one count of aggravated criminal damage, both Class 6 felonies.

Detectives are still investigating the case, according to police Sgt. Daniel Mejia. The suspects were processed and released pending the submission of charges to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

No further information was immediately available.