SW Miami-Dade Says He Had To Do Something After Seeing Disturbing, Anti-Semitic Graffiti

CBS4's Peter D'Oench spoke with Anthony Barroso, the man who took action. Read more: https://cbsloc.al/3aRymRH

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- Right now, new at 6 o'clock new story. Outrage tonight from a young man in Southwest Miami-Dade, after spotting this horrific graffiti on a fence saying, "Beware the Jews." He turned his anger into action and tonight, he's talking to our Peter D'Oench about it.

PETER D'OENCH: The disturbing anti-Semitic graffiti was left here in a fence in Southwest 87th Avenue and Miller Drive. One man who saw it said, he had to do something about it. It's an image that may make you cringe. Three words painted on a brown fence, "Beware the Jews." Anthony Barroso, who lives nearby, was on his way to work in Doral when he saw this and was truly offended.

ANTHONY BARROSO: And as I was stopped at a red light, as many people are right now, I saw this as I was parked right next to it. I just couldn't stand it. I was disgusted. I was on the phone my girlfriend and I was absolutely disgusted by it. I had to keep going to work because I had a meeting this morning. But when my mom called me just about an hour ago and said that it was still up, I just couldn't take it.

PETER D'OENCH: Barroso said he reported this graffiti to Miami-Dade Police and then he came back later in the day.

ANTHONY BARROSO: I've been thinking about it all day. So I took my lunch break, I came over to the ACE hardware right down the street, grabbed some paint and I'm going to take care of it myself.

PETER D'OENCH: Barroso painted over the graffiti.

ANTHONY BARROSO: It makes me feel horrible. Personally, I grew up Catholic, especially in this community, going to a church like Saint Timothy's Catholic Church. But I have so many family and friends that are Jewish. Really good family friends of mine that I've grown up with since I was a child. My girlfriend's family is Jewish.

PETER D'OENCH: The homeowner told me, she too was offended but she did not want to say anything on camera. Miami-Dade Police are not sure if she was an intended target. Barroso says the three offensive words raise larger concerns.

ANTHONY BARROSO: It doesn't even matter whether you're Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Christian, it doesn't matter to me, frankly. To be belittling somebody else is completely uncalled for. And to have it displayed here for everybody to see is just ridiculous. I can't let that stand in my community. I'm just not going to let it happen.

PETER D'OENCH: Miami-Dade Police tell us they're starting to look into this incident and gathering details. If you can help, call Miami-Dade Police or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. In Southwest Miami-Dade, Peter D'Oench, CBS4 News.