TOLEDO, Ohio – Police say an Ohio man told them he spray-painted a swastika and a message cursing Arabs on a Lebanese family's home because he was angry over a perceived slight, not because of their ethnicity.
Twenty-eight-year-old Osama Nazzal, of Toledo, is scheduled for a court appearance March 1 for misdemeanor criminal damaging. WTVG-TV reports Sylvania Township police have decided he won't be charged with a hate crime.
Court records don't indicate whether Nazzal has an attorney.
Police say he told them he felt threatened after the homeowner's daughter snickered at him in a college library, so he researched her address and spray-painted the graffiti.
The Blade newspaper reports the woman later told police Nazzal stared at her and followed her at the library.