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Sylvania Township man pleads no contest in garage graffiti case

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    A Sylvania Township man who spray painted a swastika and hate message on a resident's garage door pleaded no contest today to criminal damage in Sylvania Municipal Court.

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A Sylvania Township man who spray painted a swastika and hate message on a resident's garage door pleaded no contest today to criminal damage in Sylvania Municipal Court.

Osama Nazzal, 28, faces up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine when he is sentenced May 4 by Judge M. Scott Ramey, who found him guilty of the second-degree misdemeanor.

Sylvania Township Police said Mr. Nazzal vandalized the garage door, mailbox, and a car license plate at the residence of Souheir Eltatawy in the 7000 block of Cinnamon Teal Court on Jan. 10.

Though a hateful message toward Arabs was painted on the door, police said they did not believe the family's ethnicity was a factor in the offense. Rather, they said, Mr. Nazzal painted the message because of a perceived slight by Ms. Eltatawy's daughter, Malak Ayache, the day before.

Contact Jennifer Feehan at: jfeehan@theblade.com or 419-213-2134.

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