A Chicago-area church vandalized with swastikas, suspected of being a hate crime

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A suburban Chicago man has been charged with hate crimes and vandalism for allegedly spray painting swastikas on a church, authorities said.

Josef Stumpfoll, 35, of Wheeling is accused of painting seven swastikas on the windows of Pathway Community Church in Elmhurst last Friday, the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office said.

He has been charged with one felony count each of hate crime and institutional damage.

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Josef Stumpfoll, 35, of Wheeling, Illinois, was arrested for allegedly painting seven swastikas on a church.

Josef Stumpfoll, 35, of Wheeling, Illinois, was arrested for allegedly painting seven swastikas on a church.
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Elmhurst Police Chief Michael McLean said Stumpfoll, who was arrested at his home in Wheeling, was a member of Pathway Community Church.

“It is alleged that Mr. Stumpfoll was a former member and that he specifically targeted this church,” McLean said in a statement.

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A judge on Sunday set Stumpfoll’s bail at $100,000. It was not immediately clear if he has a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

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Stumpfoll is due in court for his arraignment Jan. 30 in Wheaton, The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reported.

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