Suspect arrested in burning of Jewish scrolls in Williamsburg
Police have reportedly arrested a “person of interest” in the case of the mezuzah burnings in Williamsburg this past Monday and Tuesday.
South Williamsburg resident Ruben Ubiles, 35, was apprehended early Wednesday morning; he is suspected of burning 12 of the religious scrolls that hang in doorways of observant Jews.
Eleven mezuzahs were discovered burned late Monday afternoon — which was also Holocaust Remembrance Day — at 85 Taylor Street, and one more burned on Tuesday at 130 Clymer Street.
The NYPD has been investigating the case as a potential hate crime due to the religious value of the scrolls and the timing of the incident.