Sources say a former city police officer is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation after he was arrested and charged with a hate crime Sunday in connection with anti-Semitic graffiti found in more than a dozen locations this past weekend.
Investigators say Michael Setiawan, 36, of Queens is charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime, aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal mischief.
The arrest comes after anti-Semitic graffiti was found spray painted in nearly 20 locations of Borough Park, on cars, stores, and a school between 13th and 16th avenues.
Investigators say they received a call about the vandalism just before 9 p.m. Sunday.
Neighborhood watch organization Boro Park Shomrim says it was actually a child who helped catch Seitiwan.
They say he saw the suspect in action, memorized part of his license plate and told his father who then told the authorities.
The graffiti consisted of swastikas and profanity.
Surveillance video obtained by the Jewish community news website JPUpdates.com shows Setiawan spray painting a school in Borough Park.
Residents in the area say they are shocked and disturbed by the incident.
"The brazeness is really shocking. This is a person who had no problem, walked right up, didn't cover his face, spraypainted, painted hate graffiti on cars, literally on 20 different pieces of property," said City Councilman David Greenfield.
"If they're writing such things, who knows what their next step might be? So that also makes me a little scared, you know, this is supposed to be a safe place," said one Borough Park resident.
"It feels very bad, it feels very very terrible and very scary," said another Borough Park resident.
Police say Setiawan was a member of the department from 2005 to 2007 and had been assigned to the 69th precinct.