Arrest made in vandalizing of synagogue ahead of Ilana Glazer event

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Police arrested a man who say scrawled hateful words inside a Prospect Heights synagogue Thursday night.

Police charged James Polite, 26, Friday night with criminal mischief and making graffiti. 

The suspect was admitted to a hospital as an emotionally disturbed person. 

Polite has also been charged in incidents that occurred Friday at three different locations in the 90th Precinct, one of which was a yeshiva. Polite was charged with numerous offenses, including multiple charges of arson as a hate crime, aggravated harassment and criminal mischief.

The vandal struck right before "Broad City" star Ilana Glazer was scheduled to host a political event at Union Temple on Thursday night. Police say the messages were found around 8 p.m. Thursday, but they believe they were written around 6 p.m. The event had to be canceled.

Police say the suspect wrote anti-Semitic statements with black marker throughout the building. Officials say the suspect wrote "die Jew rats we are here," "Hitler," and "Jews better be ready." 

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