Miami-Dade County

Suspected Miami Beach synagogue vandal caught after going missing

Maximo de la Cruz-de Jesus
Maximo de la Cruz-de Jesus

A man suspected of vandalizing a Miami Beach synagogue who later escaped from a halfway house was caught again Thursday, Miami police said.

An unidentified passerby flagged down a police officer Thursday afternoon to point out a man who matched the description of Maximo de la Cruz-de Jesus.

The officers approached the man, checked his identity and arrested him once they confirmed it was the 43-year-old de la Cruz-de Jesus.

A day earlier, de la Cruz-de Jesus was reported missing from a halfway house where he was sent — over prosecutors’ objections — after being charged with criminal mischief at a place of holy worship.

He is accused of defacing a banner in front of Temple Emanu-el with a swastika and the letters “KKK.”

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