By Joy Bergmann
On Tuesday evening, NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force arrested a local 17-year-old boy for six “potential bias” incidents on the Upper West Side, including the November painting of dozens of swastikas inside Riverside Park’s antique locomotive at 62nd Street, according to Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin of the 20th Precinct.
“He admitted to everything,” Malin said. “He and his parents cooperated fully.”
The teen is expected to be charged with criminal mischief and aggravated harassment. He has no prior arrests and he has no apparent affiliation with any larger hate groups, Malin said.
“It was an attention-seeking thing,” said Malin. “He’s a troubled kid who needs counseling.”
Task Force detectives tracked the suspect through video footage leading back to the UWS doorman building where he lives with his parents, said Malin, calling it a “great investigation.”