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

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

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

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