Suspect in hate crime at Temple Beth Shalom arrested, connected to racist flyers found around Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Police have arrested a man for vandalizing Temple Beth Shalom and distributing racist flyers earlier this month.

Raymond Bryant, 44, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on Thursday for malicious harassment with hate bias and malicious mischief.

Additionally, Bryant calls himself a lieutenant in the group that left racist flyers around Spokane in the days after the synagogue attack, and according to police, claimed responsibility for distributing those flyers.

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The synagogue was defaced with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti, and the Holocaust memorial nearby was also damaged last week. Surveillance images captured a man dressed in dark clothes, who Spokane Police had been working to identify for around two weeks.

“Just very pleased to hear and mostly incredibly relieved,” said Rabbi Tamar Malino.

Malino was thrilled at all the community support, but still cautious.

“It’s a specific and isolated incident in one sense, and in another sense, we know that there are other people out there that share his beliefs,” said Malino.

Bryant is expected to be in court on Friday.

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