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Woman, man charged after allegedly painting anti-Semitic images on University Heights businesses

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Posted at 7:26 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 07:26:44-04

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — A 23-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man face numerous charges after they are accused of painting swastikas and anti-Semitic images on several businesses in University Heights in July, according to police.

Bo Briele Truitt, 23, of Beachwood is charged with ethnic intimidation, inducing panic, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and criminal charging. She was taken into custody on Aug. 17.

The same charges were filed against Gabriel Truitt, 20, of Beachwood. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

A 16-year-old girl is charged in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, police said.

Police executed a search warrant on South Green Road in Beach in reference to two incidents involving graffiti being painted on businesses in the Cedar/South Green district. The graffiti included a swastika and several other offensive images that were painted on multiple buildings, including some owned and frequented by members of the Jewish community, police said.

“The University Heights Police Department condemns Anti-Semitism and acts of ethnic intimidation; and we will remain diligent in our zero-tolerance efforts to prevent, investigate, and apprehend those who commit such cowardly and hateful acts,” said University Heights Chief of Police Dustin Rogers.

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