Polish Man Arrested Over Rocks Thrown at Synagogue During Yom Kippur

Several people were nearby inside during the incident, including children, but nobody was hurt

The window of the New Synagogue in Gdansk, Poland, after a man threw a rock inside as the Jewish community gathered for prayers at the end of the Yom Kippur holiday, on September 19, 2018.
AP Photo/Michal Samet/Jewish Community of Gdansk

Police in the Polish city of Gdansk have detained a 27-year-old man suspected of smashing a synagogue window during the Yom Kippur holiday earlier this week.

Security footage showed a man hurling a rock at the New Synagogue on Wednesday evening. Several people were nearby inside, including children, but nobody was hurt.

Police said they detained the man around noon Friday in the community of Trabki Wielkie, south of the city. They said he seemed surprised at being apprehended but did not resist.

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His detainment came a day after the publication of security footage of the incident triggered a number of calls to police.

Police did not give the man's name or identify a motive, and said they would hand their evidence to prosecutors.