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Person Of Interest Being Questioned About Alleged Brooklyn Hate Crime Spree

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Police say the man suspected of burning several Jewish symbols in Brooklyn has been taken into custody.

Authorities say Rubin Ublies, 35, was taken to the 81st Precinct for questioning Wednesday morning.

Police say he is the man seen in surveillance pictures taken inside 130 Clymer Street, where a mezuzah was found burned Tuesday.

A mezuzah is a scroll with Torah verses in a protective case, hung on the doorposts of religious Jewish homes.

Eleven others were burned in a building a block away on Taylor Street Monday, which was Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Both buildings are part of the Independence Towers housing development in Williamsburg.

"I'm hurt about this. Everybody is hurt about this," said one Williamsburg resident. "He has no reason for it."

"I just think it's ridiculous. They're decent people who live here. Why would you ruin it for everybody?" said another Williamsburg resident.

The total disregard for anyone's safety also weighed on the minds of those with children.

"What if he's doing it at nighttime? Everybody's asleep and nobody's...the smoke detectors work but sometimes people have detectors that don't work. So it is concern. I have four kids," said one Williamsburg resident.

"If there's hatred, there's no safety," said another Williamsburg resident.

Police say Ublies has dozens of past arrests for crimes including robbery, drug possession, weapons possession and grand larceny.

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