Man charged with urinating on Philadelphia synagogue walls

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man accused of urinating on the walls of a Philadelphia synagogue is facing charges including ethnic intimidation.

Authorities allege that 23-year-old Sheidali Dzhalilov is the man spotted about 12:30 a.m. Sunday on surveillance video of the Congregation Beth Solomon In Huntingdon Valley in northeast Philadelphia.

Police said the man approached the front doors, made an obscene hand gesture in the direction of the camera, then began to urinate on the walls and on the sidewalk directly in front of the doors of the synagogue before fleeing in a sedan.

Police said Dzhalilov turned himself in Tuesday and was charged with ethnic intimidation, indecent exposure, institutional vandalism, desecration and other counts.

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