Suspect who urinated on Northeast Philadelphia synagogue ID'd, charged

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Suspect who urinated on Philadelphia synagogue ID'd, charged. Sharrie Williams reports during Action News at 4 p.m. on August 16, 2017.

Police have charged a man after surveillance video captured him urinating on the walls of a Northeast Philadelphia synagogue.

The suspect is identified as 23-year-old Sheidali Dzhalilov of the 2100 block of Hoffnagle Street.

Sheidali Dzhalilov


Police say Dzhalilov turned himself into Northeast Detective Division at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Synagogue urination suspect surrenders. Jim Gardner reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on August 15, 2017.



Dzhalilov is charged with ethnic intimidation, indecent exposure, institutional vandalism, desecration objects, open lewdness, harassment, disorderly conduct.

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Suspect sought for urinating on synagogue in Northeast Philadelphia. Bob Brooks reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on August 14, 2017.



The incident happened at 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the Congregation Beth Solomon, located at 198 Tomlinson Road.

Surveillance cameras captured the man as he approached the front doors, gave an obscene hand gesture in the direction of the camera, then began to urinate on the walls and sidewalk directly in front of the doors of the synagogue.

The man then entered the passenger seat of a white four door sedan and left the area.



Philadelphia Police Lt. Dennis Rosenbaum says this is something the department isn't going to stand for. They believe this was an anti-Semitic attack.

"We believe the synagogue was targeted," Rosenbaum said.

The congregation has fallen victim to several attacks lately.

Their cameras have been shot out with paintballs, their camera feeds have been cut, and their menorah has been stolen.
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