The man may be an out-of-home resident and may have mental challenges, DC Police Chief Robert Contee said during a news conference.
“I thought there was going to be a lot of security around train stations and airports,” WUSA9 traveler Vickie Elson of Massachusetts was quoted as saying. “Where were they? It’s so sad.”
In the statement on Saturday, the MPD noted that the incident at Union Station is being investigated “as potentially being motivated in whole or in part by hatred or bias,” adding “a designation as a hate or bias motivated crime by the MPD does not mean prosecutors will prosecute it as a hate crime. “
“Amtrak strongly condemns this act of hatred and will work with our landlord, the USRC and their landlord to remove these symbols as soon as possible,” Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods told CNN on Friday.
Union Station has a team of experts working to remove the graffiti from the historic granite, according to the city’s mayor, Muriel Bowser.
“This symbol of hatred displayed in our city is both shocking and disturbing, especially on the heels of International Holocaust Remembrance Day,” Bowser said in a statement. “This anti-Semitic and hateful symbol has no place in our city, and we stand united with the members of our Jewish community against anti-Semitism in all its forms.”