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.