Man facing hate crimes charges after firing fake gun inside San Francisco synagogue: report

Man facing hate crimes charges after firing fake gun inside San Francisco synagogue: report
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A man who allegedly fired a fake pistol inside of a San Francisco, California synagogue last week has been charged with multiple felonies, including hate crimes, Bay Area CBS News reported on Wednesday.

"San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said 51-year-old Dmitri Valerie Mishin – who was arrested last Friday night – has been charged with two felony counts of making threats obstructing exercise of religion, one count of misdemeanor disturbing a religious meeting and five counts of misdemeanor brandishing a replica firearm," CBS has learned. "Additionally, prosecutors are alleging that the felony threats obstructing the exercise of religion were hate crimes."

Mishin was apprehended on Friday and has remained in custody. His arrest followed two other incidents involving terrorizing Jewish people and other locals congregating in public places. Mishin faces up to ten years in prison, CBS noted.

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"This is another deplorable example where our Jewish community has been targeted for who they are and what they believe," Jenkins said, per CBS. "There is no doubt that antisemitism is real and we must stand with our Jewish community against it. My office will make clear that there is zero tolerance for hate in San Francisco and there will be no safe haven for those who perpetrate these crimes."

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CBS' full report is available at this link.

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