Man pleads not guilty to defacing Spokane synagogue

Raymond Bryant
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SPOKANE, Wash. — The man accused of vandalizing a Spokane Jewish temple pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.

Ray Bryant was arrested on February 18 for malicious harassment with hate bias and malicious mischief. Bryant is accused of spray-painting Nazi symbols on Temple Beth Shalom.

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Police said he was caught on surveillance cameras committing the crimes at Temple Beth Shalom and recognized by members of the synagogue who said he has harassed them before.

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Bryant admitted to police that he did this, and that he placed racist flyers in other parts of town.

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