DC police arrest 60-year-old man for anti-Semitic Chinatown graffiti

WASHINGTON — D.C. police have arrested a 60-year-old man in connection with anti-Semitic graffiti that appeared on Chinatown murals earlier this month.

Generoso Anthony Capodilupo, who police said had no fixed address, was arrested Monday and charged with multiple counts of defacing public or private property, D.C. police said Tuesday.

The anti-Semitic graffiti appeared in a Chinatown mural that decorates the intersection at 7th and H streets in Northwest D.C.

The mural features symbols of the Chinese zodiac. Capodilupo wrote “Jew” on the picture of a rat, one of the zodiac symbols, in three separate different incidents in early August, according to police.

Police said Capodilupo also drew swastikas on the windows of two different Chinatown coffee shops last weekend, police said.

Witness interviews and other evidence linked Capodilupo to the graffiti, a D.C. police spokeswoman told WTOP. The police report has not yet been made available.

Earlier this month, police sought information from the public about the graffiti, and DC Crime Solvers offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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