Details released of woman’s arrest for defacing Jewish temple

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Erica Yme Garza (Source: McAllen Police Department)

MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) — The McAllen Police Department released new details of the arrest made in connection to the defacing of a Jewish temple in McAllen.

Erica Yme Garza, was arrested and charged with one count of criminal mischief.

Records show on May 26, the graffiti at the Temple Emanuel was noticed by Aladar Deutsch, who contacted authorities.

Investigators learned learned the San Juan Basilica, had also been spray painted.

Officials then obtained a surveillance video from the San Juan Basilica that showed a woman spray-painting the front of the basilica.

Police were then informed about a witness that had captured the woman defacing the Temple Emanuel on video while riding a bike.

In the video, the witness was able to capture the suspect’s vehicle. The witness also described the female, which matched the description of the woman in the surveillance video.

Deutsch was given the description of the suspect, and was able to identify her as she previously submitted an application and was remembered by Deutsch for “having episodes where she would get upset and start to yell anti-religion words.”

Officials were then able to obtain Erica Yme Garza’s information.

Investigators arrived at Garza’s residence, where a vehicle matching the one captured on video was seen.

Garza was then taken into custody, her bond was set at $15,000.

Records show the repairs to the Temple Emanuel are estimated to be $10,250.

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