Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Photo via Shutterstock, inset courtesy of the NYPD
Photo via Shutterstock, inset courtesy of the NYPD

An Astoria man has admitted in court to going on a six-month-long graffiti rampage in the neighborhood in which he left homophobic slurs and anti-Obama messages on homes and businesses.

Yaacov Shemesh, 53, pleaded guilty on Sept. 19 to third-degree criminal mischief, an E felony. Acting Supreme Court Justice Gia Morris, who presided over the ruling, indicated that she will sentence Shemesh at a Nov. 1 hearing to 90 days in jail, five years probation and sensitivity training.

According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, between December 2016 and May 2017, Shemesh vandalized both residential and commercial buildings and garages within walking distance of his home with homophobic slurs combined with the name of former President Barack Obama. Occasionally used the slurs would be combined with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s name and former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Police released a surveillance video of some of the incidents showed a six-foot tall man wearing dark boots, a dark jacket and a Yankees cap. Following Yaacov’s arrest,  he identified himself in the video footage and admitted to making political graffiti.

Brown said, “The defendant has now admitted his guilt. For months, he plastered messages of hate and intolerance on various structures throughout Astoria, Queens. The defendant vandalized other people’s property that ultimately required costly fixes. The defendant, as a result of his actions, will go to jail.”

Comments:

Join The Discussion



Related Stories
Glendale residents irate after vandals damage American flag and students’ artwork on railroad bridge
Glendale residents irate after vandals damage American flag and students’ artwork on railroad bridge
Three guys wanted for hurling a brick through an Astoria pizzeria window
Three guys wanted for hurling a brick through an Astoria pizzeria window
Popular Stories
Photo courtesy of Food Network
Astoria chef scores $10,000 after winning Food Network’s 'Chopped'
Photo via Public Domain
Whitestone man arrested for stealing car parts from vehicles throughout Queens
Photo via Google Maps
Nine arrested as cops bust an illegal club operating out of a Maspeth warehouse


Skip to toolbar