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Avowed Neo-Nazi arrested for hate crime in Spokane

The 44-year-old male is well known in Spokane for harassment of the Jewish community.

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  • Raymond Bryant, 44 years old, of the Spokane suburb Airway Heights was arrested on February 18 for painting swastikas on a Holocaust memorial and vandalism at the Spokane Synagogue Temple Beth Shalom
  • Bryant was well known by Temple security due to multiple interactions with him, threats against congregants, and continued harassment by him, and the hate group he is a member of
  • Bryant is a member of the anti-Semitic Group 14First Foundation which has taken responsibility for hate crimes, vandalism, and assaults on the Jewish population across the United States
  • Surveillance video caught Bryant painting the swastikas and other Nazi symbolism, along with his 2008 Nissan Altima with “88” and “White Pride” bumper stickers
  • Bryant is facing two felony charges with hate crime tags and bond was set at $2,000

SPOKANE, Wash. — The man arrested in connection to the anti-Semitic vandalism at a synagogue on Spokane’s South Hill is reportedly a member of a white supremacy group and previously harassed members at the temple, according to newly filed court documents.

Spokane police arrested 44-year-old Raymond Bryant on Thursday morning in connection to the vandalism at Temple Beth Shalom on the morning of Feb. 8. Bryant is facing charges of second-degree malicious mischief and malicious harassment, which are hate crimes, according to Washington law. Bryant appeared in court on Friday, during which he was given a $2,000 bond.

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