Manhattan man hit with hate crime charges for vandalizing synagogues, Jewish volunteer ambulance


A Manhattan resident was indicted on Tuesday for allegedly vandalizing three synagogues and a Jewish volunteer ambulance on the Upper East Side last month.

Lenny De La Rosa, 21, was charged with four counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree as a hate crime.

According to court documents, at 7.m. on Aug. 12, De La Rosa allegedly wrote “JESUS SAINTZZZ” on a screen in front of a synagogue near East 85th Street and Lexington Avenue. Two days later, Aug. 14, at 3:45 p.m., De La Rosa allegedly wrote DEAD RIIP” on a glass display in front of a synagogue near East 79th Street and 2nd Avenue. 

Less than 30 minutes later, De La Rosa allegedly marked up a Hatzalah ambulance, which is part of a Jewish volunteer ambulance service, near East 85th Street and Lexington Avenue. Shortly afterward, De la Rosa allegedly wrote “Dead B-P” on the front door of a third synagogue at East 82nd Street and Lexington Avenue.

De La Rosa was ultimately arrested on Aug. 16 after an officer recognized him from a wanter flyer.

“As alleged, Lenny De La Rosa defaced three synagogues and an ambulance in a series of antisemitic acts,” said District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr. “Synagogues are sacred places where everyone should be able to practice their faith safely. We will not allow our houses of worship to be violated by hateful acts and we do not tolerate bias and antisemitism.”