Man charged with hate crime for anti-Jewish scrawl

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed multiple hate crime charges Monday against a man accused of vandalizing a Jewish-owned San Fernando Valley business with anti-Semitic graffiti multiple times.

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the three counts of a hate crime and three counts of vandalism against 49-year-old Amos Hason.

In two separate incidents last month, prosecutors allege that Hason drove to a Jewish-owned business in Van Nuys and painted swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti on the rear fence and dumpster, including praise of Adolf Hitler.

The incidents were captured on video surveillance. He was arrested over the weekend for the hate crime charges and other weapons violations.

Hason is being held on $68,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to three years in jail and $15,000 in fines.

City News Service says he's expected to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in a Van Nuys courthouse.