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Mobile man charged in racial graffiti

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Police have arrested and charged 22-year-old
Thomas Hayward Lewis with spraying anti-Semitic images on a Mobile
synagogue and racial graffiti at a city park.

Police spokesman Cpl. Charles Bagsby Jr. said a search of Lewis'
home last week found an explosive liquid and other items possibly
related to explosive making materials.

The anti-Semitic images were spray painted on the Tree of Life
Synagogue in west Mobile, making reference to the neo-Nazi type
groups "Combat 18" and "Waffen SS."

Police also found similar spray painting at Cooper Riverside
Park downtown, depicting threats against Jews and
African-Americans.

Lewis, who is white, was charged with criminal mischief and two
felonies: possession of explosives, and possession of a controlled
substance.

He was being held in the Mobile County Metro Jail. It was
unclear if he had an attorney.


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