Fallsburg Police have arrested and charged a man with felony arson and hate crimes on Tuesday in connection with a bungalow fire and spray-painted racial slurs, YWN has learned.
Fallsburg Police tell YWN that 44-year-old Edward Smith spray-painted various threats and racial slurs, and also started a fire at Skopps Bungalow Colony (on Seldon Road). He was also charged with the racial slurs painted on Westwood Drive – reported HERE on YWN.
Fallsburg Police Chief Simmie Williams tells YWN that there are at least three additional arrests expected in the case. “Hopefully, this will send a message out there, that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in the town of Fallsburg,” Williams said.
“Hate & racial crimes are extremely sensitive against any community, and we take them very seriously. These thugs will be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Edward Smith was arraigned by Fallsburg Judge Rasnick and sent to the Sullivan County Jail on $25,000 bail.
(Yehuda Drudgestein – YWN Sullivan County News Desk / YW-112)