Police in Washington, D.C., apprehended the man on Sunday, whom they accuse of using hate speech to attack a synagogue in Georgetown. The Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that officers from the Second District were called to the 2800 block of N Street, Northwest, because someone was spraying an unknown substance at two people while yelling an anti-Semitic phrase. “When police arrived, they found the suspect and arrested him. As a safety measure, the suspect’s car was swept, but no dangerous items were found. There were no reports of accidents.
Police arrested Brent Wood, who is 33 years old. He is being charged with simple assault and fighting arrest. The department is looking into the case as a hate crime, but it has made it clear that the label could change and that this does not mean that the case will be prosecuted as a hate crime.
NBC News4 Washington said that the shooting happened at the Kesher Israel Congregation. According to sources who did not want to be named, the suspect yelled “Gas the Jews” during the attack.
Before the attack, bomb threats were sent to temples all over the country. One of these synagogues was Kesher Israel. According to an email from the group’s leader and as reported by Jewish News Syndicate, when the leaders became aware of the threat, they called the police. Police told CNN that there are no more serious threats against synagogues in the area, and the bomb threats don’t seem to have anything to do with Sunday’s attack.
The Anti-Defamation League says that anti-Semitic events have gone up since Hamas’s attack on Israel on October 7 and Israel’s subsequent war against the terror group. In October alone, they went up by almost 400%. A guy is accused of attacking a Jewish couple in Beverly Hills a little more than a week ago, just hours after he was freed on cashless bail.