Brooklyn man charged with hate crime

BROOKLYN - Ivaylo Ivanov, accused of drawing swastikas around Brooklyn Heights, faces more than 100 charges, including some for weapons possession.

Prosecutors said the charges include aggravated harassment as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon. Last weekend, police found an arsenal of guns and pipe bombs inside Ivanov?s Remsen Street apartment.

Police said that Ivanov, 37, was on their radar for a while. In September, he allegedly spray-painted swastikas on several cars, sidewalks and buildings, including two synagogues. Ivanov pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday and his attorney claims that he is Jewish. If convicted, Ivanov faces up to 25 years in prison.

Related information: - Police: Weapons suspect admits to hate vandalism

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