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Arrest Made For Hate Vandalism To Olney Synagogue

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Ian Jacob Baron, 23, was arrested this morning.
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Ian Jacob Baron, 23, was arrested this morning.

By Sanaz Meshkinpour

Montgomery County Police have made an arrest in connection with the July 26th desecration of a synagogue in Olney, Maryland.

Police have charged Ian Jacob Baron with five counts related to vandalizing the B'nai Shalom temple in Olney. They say Baron spray painted swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on the temple last month.

Police say they noticed Baron prior to the vandalism because of his large anti-Semitic tattoos. They later tied him to white supremacist groups.

Baron is of Hispanic origin, and authorities say he was adopted by a Jewish family at a young age. His family lives in Olney, but police say Baron was homeless at the time of his arrest.

In an email statement, Shelley Engel of B'nai Shalom said the congregation is relieved the police have a suspect, and will continue to work with law enforcement.

Baron is being held on a $5,000 bond.

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