A 20-year-old man from Annandale is facing hate-related charges after a Jewish community center, a church and a community college in Fairfax County were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti and stickers, police said.
Dylan M. Mahone was arrested Thursday after hateful graffiti was scrawled across the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax City and the Little River United Church of Christ in Annandale on Tuesday, police said.
Mahone was also charged in a March 20 incident in which anti-Semitic fliers were posted around the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College, police said.
Photos of those fliers were posted on a Twitter account of a group called the Aryan Underground, according to a search warrant filed in Fairfax County court. The tweet that accompanied the photos promised “More to Come!”
The search warrant states that surveillance video captured a person in a mask putting up the stickers. At a news conference, Fairfax County police spokeswoman Julie Parker said Mahone, who spent one semester at the community college, was captured on video at the college, the synagogue and the church.
“We have a plethora of video to go through in this case,” she said.
Parker also said that Mahone is the only suspect in the three cases and that police were led to him by his use of social media.
The Aryan Underground account also retweeted a tweet from a TV news station about the defacement of Little River United Church of Christ and features photos of anti-Semitic stickers placed at another college and high school.
It’s unclear whether Mahone has been tied to those incidents, as well.
Mahone was charged with two counts each of felony destruction of property, placing a swastika on a religious property with the intent to intimidate and wearing a mask in public to conceal one’s identity.
Northern Virginia Community College police charged Mahone with one count of felony destruction of property and one count of wearing a mask in public to conceal one’s identity.
Mahone was arrested at his home.
At the news conference, Jeff Dannick, executive director of the JCC, thanked the police and said the incident marked “a dark few days for us” during Passover.
“But in order for there to be light, there has to be darkness first,” Dannick said. “What I’m looking at is the light.”
At the news conference, the Rev. David Lindsey of the Little River United Church of Christ also offered thanks.
“These crimes involved hateful phrases born of white supremacy, but the overwhelming response of our neighbors has spoken volumes about God’s love for all,” he said.