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Anti-Semitic graffiti reported at Sixth & I synagogue

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Man is accused of vandalizing synagogue

A Jewish landmark in Northwest Washington was a target of anti-Semitic graffiti on Friday, an act of vandalism the organization’s rabbis said fit into a painful nationwide pattern of rising anti-Jewish crime.

“While the damage to the building is minimal and will be fixed quickly, events like this can throw even the toughest person into a tailspin. Given the current climate, we unfortunately are not surprised by this happening,” three rabbis from Sixth & I wrote in an email to community members on Monday afternoon.

Staff at the synagogue, which hosts a wide range of prayer services and communal events, showed photos of the vandalism to The Washington Post. The damage included the word “JEW” carved into a door and swastikas scrawled in red ink on a staircase.

Police arrested Luis Montsinos, 28, of no fixed address, and charged him with defacing and destructing property and resisting arrest, said D.C. police spokesman Hugh Carew. In a police report, officers described the vandalism as a suspected hate crime.

— Julie Zauzmer

Children hurt while escaping from fire

Two young boys were injured Monday night during an escape through a third-floor window from an apartment fire in Washington, authorities said.

One child was thrown by his grandmother from a window and caught by a bystander after the fire broke out in the 4400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SW, said fire department spokesman Vito Maggiolo.

The second child was in his grandmother’s arms as she tried to get onto a ladder being raised to the window, Maggiolo said. They fell an unspecified distance, he said.

One child was 18 months old and the other was 6, Maggiolo said. It was not clear which was caught and which was carried. The boys and their grandmother were taken to hospitals.

Maggiolo said the fire broke out in a second-floor apartment, and the children and their grandmother were in an apartment directly above it.

The fire was reported a few minutes before 8 p.m. The cause was under investigation.

— Martin Weil

Body of D.C. woman found in Montgomery

The body of a 19-year-old District woman who had apparently been shot was found in a wooded area of Montgomery County, and police said Sunday that the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Sara Gutierrez-Villatoro was found dead Friday in the 25700 block of Old Hundred Road in the Dickerson area, police said.

— Martin Weil