Person of interest identified in swastika incident at Sousa

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Police are looking for assistance in identifying a person of interest in the Sousa Elementary School swastika case. (Photos courtesy of the Port Washington Police District)

A person of interest has been identified in the case of swastika graffiti painted on Sousa Elementary School, the Port Washington Police District announced Wednesday afternoon.

School Superintendent Michael Hynes reported to the community in a letter on Sunday night that two swastikas had been spray-painted onto exterior walls at the school.  “The Port Washington Police and the Nassau County Police departments were immediately notified,” Hynes wrote. “The district is working with law enforcement to conduct an investigation and will take all appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigative process. I am outraged this has happened and will make sure we do everything we can to find the perpetrator(s).”

Police released three photos taken from what appears to be security camera footage taken around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. The not-yet-identified individual appears in the footage to be male with black hair, and is wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with an orange and yellow graphic, black pants with strips running down each leg and white sneakers.

Police encourage those with tips to contact Detective Michael Cetta of the Port police at 516-883-0500, extension 0, or tips@pwpd.ny.gov.

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