Man in custody after swastikas, vandalism found at Denver church

DENVER -- Two white swastikas were found on the side of a church on Wednesday morning and a man was taken into custody for allegedly scribbling graffiti inside the building, the Denver Police Department said.

Officers responded to Church in the City -- Beth Abraham at 1580 N. Gaylord St. about 8 a.m.

A man, later identified as 29-year-old Frank Maya, believed to be responsible for graffiti inside the building on the lid of a large trash bin was contacted by officers.

Police said when Maya resisted, he was taken into custody. He is being held for second-degree assault on a peace officer, investigation of criminal mischief and investigation of bias-motivated crime -- property damage.

The investigation into the swastika graffiti is ongoing and detectives are still working to determine if Maya is connected to it.

"Graffiti is one thing, but when it's a swastika right above a Jewish Star on the front of our building, that's when it really hit home for me," Pastor Michael Walker said.

The church is very active in the community. A food bank operates there and most mornings the church feeds the homeless.

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