Montgomery County police have arrested two more men from the Silver Spring-Wheaton area in connection with the recent desecration of a Silver Spring synagogue, and said they expect to make several more arrests.
Police have found nothing in the records of the two men, or in that of a third man arrested last Sunday, linking them to any organized hate group, said Cpl. Phillip Caswell, spokesman for the county police.
Police arrested Thomas Lloyd Heine, 18, of 11612 Stewart La., Monday in Silver Spring on the basis of a tip. Heine is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 bond.
John William Cobb, 18, of 9300 Piney Branch Rd., turned himself in about 2 p.m. yesterday at the Silver Spring police station. He will be released if he can raise $500 of his $5,000 bond.
The men's alleged partner, Michael David Remer, 23, was arrested Sunday in the White Oak shopping center.
Police say all three suspects have been charged with malicious destruction of property at the Shaare Tefila temple as well as at the Drug Fair store in the White Oak shopping center, where they are accused of spray-painting anti-Semitic slogans last weekend. All three are scheduled for preliminary hearings next month.
Meanwhile, an 18-inch blue swastika and the word "oil" were spray-painted on the wall of author Herman Wouk's residence on N Street in Georgetown. Wouk, the well-known author of "The Caine Mutiny" and "Marjorie Morningstar," is Jewish.
He is said to be out of the country, and know nothing of the vandalism, but some of his neighbors expressed shock.
"The Holocaust was a dreadful thing, and to look at this the swastika is to remember all that suffering," a neighbor, Michele Marcello, said.
Montgomery County police said yesterday no suspects have been arrested for the defacement last Sunday of a kosher meat store in Wheaton.
The store owner, Shaul Rafael, said at a press conference yesterday held by the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League, that he was "really shocked" by the vandalism.
"I can't believe something like this would happen in America," said Rafael, who came to this country from Israel eight years ago and took over the store on Georgia Avenue two weeks ago. He said he had no previous knowledge of the suspects and had never before been the victim of anti-Semitic remarks or attacks.
The ADL director for the Washington area, Edward Leavy, called the press conference to announce that the league will be appointing a full-time staff member to work on racist, terrorist, and hate activity in this area.
The publicity given the recent anti-Semitic attacks in Montgomery County, he said, have encouraged police attention.
There has been an alarming increase in racial, religious and anti-Semitic incidents nationwide over the last three years, Alan Schwartz, assistant director of the ADL's research department, said. The ADL has registered more than 970 anti-Semitic incidents this year, he noted, compared to 100 three years ago. In Montgomery County, he said, there have been 95 anti-Semitic and other incidents of hate violence in the first seven months of this year.