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December 20, 2022: Texas Man Charged With Felony Vandalism, Hate Crime Allegation for Damaging Menorah

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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that a Texas man has been charged with felony vandalism with a hate crime allegation in connection with the defacing of a menorah that was displayed at a Beverly Hills home in celebration of Hannukah.

“The ugliness of antisemitism has revealed itself in many ways throughout our community and across the country in recent weeks,” District Attorney Gascón said. “I condemn it, and we must make clear that such hate will not be tolerated. The conduct alleged in this case is despicable, especially coming during one of the most joyous times of the year for Jewish people. We will always stand up against such hatred and hold accountable those who commit hate crimes in Los Angeles County.”

Eric Brian King (dob 07/27/1975) of Dallas, Texas was charged in case SA107656 with one count of felony vandalism. The count includes a hate crime allegation. He is expected to appear for arraignment today in Department 30 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch.

It is alleged that on Sunday, King etched a symbol associated with the German Nazi regime into the base of a nine-foot-tall menorah on display outside a home on Foothill Road in Beverly Hills. He also threw objects at the menorah, damaging it. King was arrested the same day.

The case remains under investigation by the Beverly Hills Police Department.