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Charges in Md. temple vandalization

Montgomery County police charged an Olney man with five crimes related to the July 26 desecration of the nearby B'nai Shalom Synagogue, authorities said Wednesday.

The man was identified as Ian Jacob Baron, of the 18600 block of Rolling Acres Way. Court documents listed Baron as 22 years old.

Baron. (Montgomery Police)

Baron was charged with malicious destruction of property over $500, two counts of malicious destruction of property under $500, one count of race/religious property damage and one count of defacing religious property, said Cpl. Dan Friz, a Montgomery County police spokesman.

Police apparently knew of Baron before the incident. In the past, Baron had told officers that “he identifies himself as a Neo-Nazi and that he is active in the movement,” according to an affidavit that sets out the police’s version of the case so far.

“Baron has a tattoo of a German Cross with a skull in the middle of his arm and has SS bars tattooed on his chest,” Montgomery Detective J.A. Bates wrote in the affidavit, filed this week.

Baron appears to have gotten himself into the middle of the case by speaking to an officer who spotted him three days ago at a McDonald’s in Olney. It was not immediately clear whether the officer found Baron in the restaurant by chance.

In his affidavit, Bates wrote of the McDonald’s meeting:

Officer [Aaron] Bachofsky approached Baron and stated that he wanted to speak with him. Baron stated to Ofc. Bachofsky, “is it about the synagogue.” Ofc. Bachofsky asked Baron what he knew about the incident. Baron stated he did not do it, but he ‘could see why people thought he did.’ Baron stated that he was visiting his parents the night the vandalism happened [in] the neighborhood behind B’Nai Shalom.
Baron stated he was at B’Nai Shalom after the incident. Baron stated he walked through the area on his way to get something to eat. Baron stated that his fingerprints would be on the cans used to spray-paint B’Nai Shalom. Baron stated he picked up some of the cans but that he threw the cans down when he realized what they were used for.

Baron has a prior arrest for second-degree assault and has been charged with malicious destruction of property, and is on probation, according to the affidavit. He told police he grew up in Olney, but is now homeless and sleeping in a friend’s vehicle.

Baron also is charged with defacing two mailboxes in Olney. One of the homeowners affected said she isn’t Jewish, but the majority of her neighbors are. One of those neighbors had his mailbox spray-painted, and “on his driveway there was the beginnings of a small swastika that was left unfinished,” Bates wrote.

Bates stated that the synagogue will have to be repainted, and said the damage was estimated at $15,000 to $20,000.

At the synagogue, Baron is accused of painting swastikas and slogans such as “Das Reich!” and “Death2Zionists.” He also scattered coins near the entrance of the synagogue, which police described as a possible anti-Semitic act.

Baron told Bachofsky that while at the synagogue, “some change may have spilled out of his pockets while he retrieved a knife from his pockets. Baron stated that he took the knife out when he saw some unknown suspects running from the area. Ofc. Bachofsky asked Baron if he could describe the suspects. Baron stated he could not,” according to the affidavit.

This item has been updated since it was first posted.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  August 4, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
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he is quite the specimen of the aryan race. maybe his SS tatoo stands for "ese".

Posted by: matt_s | August 4, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

so the guy is homeless, thats a shocker!

My guess is the guy is genetically latino, but adopted and raised by anglo's and because of this he grew up with unresolved issues over his identity.
He was raised in an Anglo family, in an Anglo neighborhood, and most likely endured some degree of discrimination and racial injustice from his peers because of his Latino appearence.
However, being raised as an Anglo made it hard for him to make sense of it all.
His insecurities of being rejected by whites has lead him to overcompensate and become a white power racist and to target Jews to prove to himself that he is white and a member of a ethnic white group.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 4, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

What. A. Moron.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | August 4, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Do not call this fool a man. A real man doesn't desecrate a house of worship. Call him what he is, a punk, a thug, a moron, an imbecile.

Posted by: kmp1 | August 4, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

How are you a neo-nazi when you are clearly a person of color? Is he really trying to pass? That must be some powerful self-hatred.

Posted by: neonkingkong | August 4, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I think we've found the missing link.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | August 4, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Baron is a follower. He probably hasn't had a original thought in his life. Easily influenced, the Nazi organization sold him a bill of goods. In his conversation with the police officer, he wasn't committed to his destruction; Nazis brag about their crimes. Baron is a pathetic soul in search of himself. I say this because what he did at the Temple was done step-by-step, like he was taught.

Posted by: skinfreak | August 4, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

This guy looks Hispanic. I don't think he understands what the Nazi Party stood for.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 4, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Good police work!

Posted by: pundito | August 4, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't think even Hitler himself would approve of this want to be Nazi. If these Neo-Nazi are so bad and hateful, why don't they do something in broad daylight instead of late at night where they know they want get caught? It's some sick people out here and if I was the police officer I would have said that, Mr. Baron reached for my gun so I had to put a cap in his......

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 4, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse this the wrong picture? If not then dude you are brown and as a a fellow brown/black person you should know Nazis and especially neo-nazis don't like us and we don't like them. talk about self hating and stupid...

Posted by: jkblodge1 | August 4, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

He's a little too dark to be a neo-Nazi. Maybe he's one of those Mongolians that the New York Times reported on the other day.

Posted by: jakemd1 | August 4, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't come any dumber than that...he totally self-incriminated himself. One word: retarded. And why would someone who obviously looks of mixed race identify with neo-Nazis? Hello? You look hispanic, regardless of your name. Dude, you're gonna be someone's b@tch in prison. Moron.

Posted by: B-rod | August 4, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

not to make light of this story, but is this the right pciture of Baron?

if so he looks quite ...HISPANIC or LATINO!!! so is he just a bigot or is he a neo-nazi, white supremecist. Bigots come in all colors, but i don't think he would have fit the Nazi profile.

Posted by: simplewords999 | August 4, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

this kid look latin, Therefore he is illegal. Deport all illegal latin looking Neo Nazis who cant tell Jews from non Jews now!!!!!!

Posted by: ged0386 | August 4, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a nazi? He looks like a hermano (brother)

This is America though I guess anybody can be what that want to be....


Posted by: Tobor58 | August 4, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Here is an interesting question. If and when he goes to prison, what gang does he join? The Aryan Locos?

Posted by: ged0386 | August 4, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

We could play around with this one all day folks. I cant decide which crime article is more comical. This one or the fake cop guy with the 50 different law agency badges.

Posted by: ged0386 | August 4, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

White-Mexican Power Brother Ese!!!

Posted by: ged0386 | August 4, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens in Obama's America.

Posted by: laugh_riot | August 4, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens in Obama's America.

Posted by: laugh_riot

If only people like you would have held Bush and Cheney half as responsible or accountable to what you hold Obama too maybe Obama would have never been elected. Ever think about that bright boy?

Posted by: ged0386 | August 4, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Tough Guys are the one's who vandalize. So scary!

Posted by: KBibbs | August 4, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

How can a chubby hispanic guy be a neo nazi supporter? Doesnt he know that he germans hated his kind too?

Posted by: DickHertz | August 4, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

since when did MS-13 of Langley Park/Wheaton chapters merge with the Neo Nazi group? Is this guy SERIOUS?

Posted by: DickHertz | August 4, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

If he is a member of a Nazi group the group members need to get their eyes checked. He does not have all the apparent features to be a Nazi. Unless Poncho Villa had his own NSDAP chapter.

Posted by: SSTK34 | August 4, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: jkblodge1 | August 4, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

What a sickening individual. Glad to hear he was on probation. They should be able to lock him up for a long time.

Posted by: CharlieTrew | August 4, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

How interesting! Hispanic neo-nazi... I wonder if his views will change in jail with bubba's appendage in his posterior?

Posted by: sisenor | August 4, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Libs come to this page with their keyboards ready to vomit hate at the Southern White Race. Then they see the photo of a non-White and they gnash their teeth. This just proves we should stop 3rd world immigration, legal and illegal. Poor Libs, I feel your pain.

Posted by: OldAtlantic | August 4, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

what next, a black head of the DC KKK chapter?

Posted by: DickHertz | August 4, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

This dude looks as Hispanic as they come... and he's a neo-Nazi? What a loser! I hope he drops the soap in the prison shower.

Posted by: LauraMG | August 4, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

this guy is going to be FURIOUS after getting to prison and realizing he is part of the wrong hate group. LMAO

Posted by: DickHertz | August 4, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

And I'm willing to bet my last dollar that those fingerprints of Baron's on those spray paint cans are positioned just where fingerprints would be positioned for someone holding the can to spray.

Posted by: unseenmirage | August 4, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

This guy is shooting for a Dave Chappelle skit. remember the blind black klansmen. well, look at the dark nazi.

Posted by: oknow1 | August 4, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

This guy is NOT......white.

Posted by: warrenbrown3 | August 4, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Liberals gone wild. He would make a good match for Helen Thomas.

Posted by: beesknees | August 4, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

More anti-semitic actions from the left. A future democrat voter. Maybe casa de maryland will help him out.

Posted by: beesknees | August 4, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

The prosecution will easily show that the fingerprints line up just as they would for someone to hold that spray paint can in a manner to spray paint. I see a plea bargin here.

Posted by: unseenmirage | August 4, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

If proof was needed that being an idiot helps if you want to be an anti-Semite/anti-Israeli, this dimwit's self-incrimination certainly provides it! Probably he is living on welfare, assuming he has the brains to have applied for it.

Posted by: shovav | August 5, 2010 4:04 AM | Report abuse

The Post didn't mention that he also has been cited for drinking in public twice or that his 2nd-degree assault charge was against his former girlfriend.

Posted by: Irato | August 5, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

@MarilynManson: You nailed it... but his adoptive mother is Jewish.

Posted by: Irato | August 5, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

He was also kicked out of the Army when he was 19.

Posted by: Irato | August 5, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

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