Report: Man Charged With Hate Crime After Making Threatening Calls to Chicago Synagogue

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The North Suburban Lubavitch Chabad in the suburbs of Chicago.
The North Suburban Lubavitch Chabad in the suburbs of Chicago. Credit: Screenshot / Google Maps

A man has been arrested and charged with a Class 3 felony hate crime for making threatening phone calls to a synagogue in a Chicago suburb, the Chicago Sun Times reported on Friday.

The staff of North Suburban Lubavich Chabad in Highland Park reported "a phone call containing threatening statements."

Police have identified that suspected caller as 39 year-old Dean R. West, police say.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, investigators were able to identify and arrest the caller on Thursday. West is currently being held at the Lake County jail on a $250,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on November 8, says the Lake County sheriff's office.

In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh massacre that killed 11 people, police in the Chicago area have increased security measures on religious institutions.

Officials told the newspaper that there has so far been "no current threat to any local religious institution or other establishments in Highland Park."

On Wednesday, police reported that a California synagogue was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, including the words "Fuck Jews," Two days later a synagogue in Brooklyn, New York was also vandalized with graffi reading "kill all Jews."