Two more suspects were arrested yesterday in the Nov. 1 incident in which anti-Semitic symbols were spray painted on the Shaare Tefile Temple in Silver Spring and on the wall of the Drug Fair at White Oaks shopping center.
The suspects, the fifth and sixth arrested in the case, were identified as William Randall Harris, 19, of 11700 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, and Thomas Joseph Huntt Jr., 18, of 11331 Old Columbia Pike.
Harris, accompanied by his father, turned himself in to Montgomery County police shortly after noon. He was charged with two counts of destruction of property, commercial burglary and theft of a motor vehicle, according to Det. Andy Pecoraro.
Huntt, arrested later in the afternoon, was charged with two counts of destruction of property, one count of burglary and one count of theft, according to a county police spokesman.
Harris was released to the custody of his father, who signed for a $25,000 bond guaranteeing that Harris will appear in court. Huntt was also released on a $25,000 bond, the spokesman said.
Earlier this week, police investigations led to the arrest of Michael D. Remer, 23, and Thomas Heine, 18, both of Silver Spring. They were the first people charged in the defacing incident. On Tuesday and Wednesday, two more Silver Spring residents, John W. Cobb, 18 and Dominic Queen, 18, turned themselves in and were also charged with destruction of property, according to Pecoraro.
All the suspects knew each other, according to the police spokesman. Det. Pecoraro said that at least some of them had apparently been out together drinking on the night of Nov. 1 when the defacing occurred. He would not comment further on the investigation, but expressed certainty that the incident was not the work of an "organized hate group."
The spokesman said one more arrest is expected.