15-Year-Old Identified Vandalizing Jewish Center with Hateful Graffiti in Monroe Township

November 17, 2023

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Acting Chief of Police Griffin Banos of the Monroe Police Department announced today that a 15-year-old juvenile has been identified as the perpetrator of the act of vandalism on the Congregation Etz Chaim Jewish Center.

Today, November 17, 2023, Monroe Police Department concluded its investigation into the graffiti that was found on the Congregation Etz Chaim Jewish Center on November 09, 2023. With the assistance of local residents and businesses, Monroe township Detectives were able to successfully identify and interview a 15-year-old juvenile that was responsible for the act of vandalism. The actor was deemed not to be a threat to the Jewish Community or the community at large.

The investigation into this incident continues and charges are pending review by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Dale Degraw of the Monroe Police Department at 732-521-0222 ext. 163.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office reiterates its stance against hate in all forms. We will continue to investigate every reported bias incident in our community vigorously and will not hesitate to prosecute consistent with the law.