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UPDATE: Juvenile Identified as Vandal in New Jersey Jewish Center Incident

Monroe Township (Middlesex)

By: Richard L. Smith 

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone has reported a significant breakthrough in the case of vandalism at the Congregation Etz Chaim Jewish Center.AdA 15-year-old juvenile has been identified as the perpetrator responsible for the recent act of vandalism, providing some relief to the community.

According to Prosecutor Ciccone, on November 09, 2023, the Congregation Etz Chaim Jewish Center was marred by graffiti, sparking a sense of outrage and concern.

The incident prompted a swift response from the Monroe Police Department, which initiated a thorough investigation.

Today, on November 17, 2023, the Monroe Police Department announced the conclusion of its investigation into the distressing incident.

Their success was attributed to the unwavering support and cooperation of local residents and businesses, who contributed valuable information and assistance throughout the process.

Monroe Township Detectives were able to pinpoint and interview a 15-year-old juvenile believed to be responsible for the act of vandalism.AdCrucially, authorities determined that the juvenile did not pose a threat to either the Jewish Community or the broader community. However, the investigation into the incident remains ongoing, and charges related to the act are pending review by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

Individuals with additional information relevant to the case are urged to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation.

They are encouraged to contact Detective Dale Degraw of the Monroe Police Department at 732-521-0222, extension 163.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office reiterates its steadfast stance against hate in all its forms.


The commitment to investigating reported bias incidents with unwavering vigor and to prosecute in accordance with the law remains resolute.Ad