Cops: Motive for anti-Arab graffiti was personal, not ethnic

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Posted: Feb 16, 2017 11:23 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio man told them he spray-painted a swastika and a message cursing Arabs on a Lebanese family's home because he was angry over a perceived slight, not because of their ethnicity.

Twenty-eight-year-old Osama Nazzal, of Toledo, is scheduled for a court appearance March 1 for misdemeanor criminal damaging. WTVG-TV reports Sylvania Township police have decided he won't be charged with a hate crime.

Court records don't indicate whether Nazzal has an attorney.

Police say he told them he felt threatened after the homeowner's daughter snickered at him in a college library, so he researched her address and spray-painted the graffiti.

The Blade newspaper reports the woman later told police Nazzal stared at her and followed her at the library.