Arrest made in anti-semitic vandalism case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The FBI announced they’ve arrested a suspect in connection with the Jewish deli and bakery in Nob Hill that was the target of anti-semitic vandalism several times.

Since the hate crimes, the deli has received a flood of support from the community, and lots of those people were glad to hear of a break in the case.

The hustle and bustle of the lunch crowds continue at Nosh Deli and Bakery in Nob Hill, despite the shop getting slandered with anti-semitic messages outside their door, one after the other, for weeks.

“I think that’s really sad, it looks pretty bad on the Albuquerque community, considering this is like a new business and they’re being greeted with all this hate,” said Nosh customer, Sullivan Sednek-Simes.

Saturday, the FBI announced special agents arrested 58-year-old John Ng of Albuquerque, in connection with the anti-semitic notes. “That’s wonderful, very good news, I’m happy for the owners,” said Laura Baiamonte.

No one from the bakery could comment on camera Saturday, but several people said that they’re thankful an arrest was made in this case.

The FBI isn’t saying what led them to Ng, but it’s clear he’s now the subject of a federal investigation.

Since the hate notes, there’s been a change of tone at the Jewish deli and bakery. It’s entrance is now lined with messages of support, saying “we welcome you to the neighborhood and wish you every success.”

Another says, “we support you, your success and we are outraged,” and “we’re so sad to see the anti semitic remarks and came for lunch to support you.”

A vigil was held last month where community members sported anti-hate messages. Albuquerque Police even set up cameras outside the restaurant.

Now, the deli’s customers hope the FBI’s arrest put a stop to the vandalism for good. “That’s really good to hear, I mean I don’t think that should happen to a business like this,” said Sednek-Simes. “I’m glad that they finally found someone and hopefully they see punishment.”

Ng is expected to appear in District Court on Monday. At this point, the FBI hasn’t released much more than that.

Turns out something good came from something bad. Several customers KRQE News 13 spoke with said they were drawn to the deli after seeing it on the news. Workers said business is good, and each day for lunch, they stay very busy.

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