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Two Arrests Made In Binghamton Swastikas Case

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

UPDATE 6:06 P.M.

The second suspect in the swastikas and graffiti case has been located and taken into custody.

Binghamton Police located Andrew B. Carter, 17 of Binghamton, on Main Street on the city's westside.

Carter and Ritchie are being charged with several felonies including aggravated harassment in the first degree and criminal mischief in the second degree. 

The two suspects have been taken to Broome County Jail without bail.

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Police have arrested a suspect in connection with Binghamton's swastikas case Tuesday. 

Investigations lead to the arrest of William L. Ritchie, 22 of Binghamton, after he was identified in several digital videos that were recovered. 

Investigators determined that the incident was not politically motivated or connected to any organizations or hate group. The crime has been classified as an incident of intentional acts of vandalism done by individuals with no specific target within the community.

 "Each and every one of us as individuals in this city, the only way to respond to such actions is by education and tolerance and acting in ways of love and light. We cant chase darkness with broomsticks, we can only chase it with adding acts of love," said Levi Slonim, Rabbi Chabad of Binghamton. 

Ritchie was in the downtown area when he was arrested, then transported to Police Headquarters for further investigation. The 22-year old has been charged with several felonies and is waiting arraignment in Binghamton City Court. 

Police are still searching for another male suspect but is withholding his identity as the investigation continues. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Binghamton Police Detective Division at 607-772-7080.