A 43-year-old man from Reno, Nevada, was arrested in California in connection with a five-year crime spree that included threatening police officers and a rabbi, spray-painting threats and swastikas on synagogues and churches and shooting into people's homes.
Gary Craig Rosales, an unemployed security guard, was arrested by federal agents and Reno police on December 20, 2004, and is being held on seven felony counts of shooting a firearm into occupied homes. Additional charges are expected.
Rosales is also suspected of making death threats to public officials. Since 1999, various buildings in Reno, including synagogues and churches, have been spray-painted with hate messages, swastikas and death threats. The graffiti included threats against the families of police officers recently killed in the line of duty, former and acting Reno police chiefs, and a district attorney
Authorities say that Rosales, who had been living in Whittier, California, for about a week at the time of his arrest, admitted to shooting into seven homes since November 2004. No one was injured in the shootings; the homes were selected at random, according to Reno Police Chief Jim Weston.
Investigators say Rosales is suspected in more than 100 incidents where swastikas were spray-painted on buildings in Reno. Among the incidents, Rosales is suspected of spray-painting Temple Emanu-El with a death threat against the congregation's rabbi.
Rosales, who is also suspected of shooting a janitor in the leg in 2000, is awaiting extradition to Nevada. Bail was set at $250,000.