Two men arrested for spray-painting swastikas, racist phrases at Westchester park after one leaves wallet behind: prosecutors

Maya Rajamani
May 27, 2020 - 5:03 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A pair of Westchester County residents who allegedly spray-painted swastikas and racist phrases at a park over Memorial Day weekend were arrested after one of them left his wallet behind, prosecutors say.

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Nodar Kikvidize, 23, of Bronxville, and Joseph Hasselt, 23, of Yonkers, spray-painted swastikas and racist phrases on a walking path and a baseball dugout at Scout Field in Bronxville at some point over the weekend, the Westchester County District Attorney’s office said Wednesday. 

A pedestrian discovered the graffiti, which included racist phrases targeting black people and Mexican people, while walking inside the park on Monday morning, the DA’s office said. 

The two men were arrested on Tuesday and charged with third-degree criminal mischief as a hate crime and first-degree aggravated harassment, District Attorney Anthony Scarpino said at a news conference on Wednesday. 

"We have to always reiterate that there’s no place in Westchester for this. These crimes are repugnant,” Scarpino said. “Fortunately, one of the individuals decided to leave his wallet at the scene, which was a clue for us.” 

“We are going to prosecute this to the fullest extent of the law,” he added. “At a time like this, with COVID, we all have to work together and be together, and divisive actions like this work against all of us.” 

The two men were released on recognizance after a virtual arraignment on Wednesday and are expected to appear in court again on July 15, Scarpino said. 

Their attorney information wasn’t immediately available Wednesday.

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