Jem R, Ibrahimov


Suspect Wanted For FDNY Swastika Graffiti Arrested In Manhattan

September 01, 2018 - 2:03 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The man accused of vandalizing a number of FDNY vehicles with swastikas and anti-Semitic phrases has been arrested.

Police posted in front of the FDNY Engine 93/Ladder 45/Battalion 13, in Washington Heights, arrested Jem R, Ibrahimov, 42, at around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

The firehouse had been targeted on two other occasions. Officers were watching the station Saturday morning to protect against further attacks when Ibrahimov attempted to strike again.

“I commend our Fire Marshals for their great investigative work to apprehend an individual who defaced FDNY facilities and apparatus with hateful symbols and language,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “Thank you as well to the members of the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force for their investigation and collaboration with our Fire Marshals.”

The latest incident was reported Friday morning when firefighters discovered the graffiti on ambulances and firetrucks parked near the station. The same location was also vandalized on Sunday.

Police had previously released photos of the suspect earlier in the week after he had been seen in surveillance video.