SCHENECTADY, New York — They may be considered God’s chosen people, but this guy wasn’t included.
Police in upstate New York have arrested a man who allegedly painted swastikas on his own home and falsely reporting it as a hate crime.
In an even odder twist, the man, Andrew King, isn’t Jewish despite claiming to be so and wearing a yarmulke in interviews with reporters on television.
After a five-week investigation into the Feb. 10 incident, cops determined that the 54-year-old King did it himself.
“Our detectives interviewed many witnesses in the neighborhood to determine if anyone saw anyone do this,” said Sgt. Matt Dearing of the Schenectady police. “We take this very seriously.”
And when WTEN-TV asked local Jewish groups around Schenectady for comment, many leaders said they didn’t know King. Several people who do know him said he isn’t Jewish, although he has tried to convert more than once but has been turned away.
King was also charged in a separate case in which he is accused of harassing a county employee. He claimed in court that he was roughed up by police leaving him with two black eyes.
“He had no altercation with us when he was brought in yesterday,” Dearing said.