Revere man arrested for allegedly spraying swastikas on car, ‘white power’ on street, police say

A 38-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly spray painting several swastikas on a car and the words “white power” on a street in Revere on June 11, according to police.

Jason Pagliuca, of Revere, was arrested for defacement of real or personal property and assault, and assault and battery or property damage for the purpose of intimidation, Revere police said in a statement. The graffiti was found on Lantern Road.

At his arraignment Wednesday in Chelsea District Court, Pagliuca was released on his own recognizance, but ordered to submit to GPS monitoring, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office. He must have no contact with the victim and to remain in compliance with all prescription medications, prosecutors said.


Swastikas were spray painted on all four sides of a Muslim woman’s car, according to a press release from the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Wednesday. It was the fourth time the woman’s car had been vandalized, the organization said last month. .

“The clients are just so relieved, and they really appreciate the efforts of the Revere police and the support they’ve received from the community,” said Barbara J. Dougan, civil rights director at CAIR-MA, in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was notified of the arrest Wednesday morning by police, according to the statement.

“I used to lie awake at night, worrying about my car. Now I feel safer,” the woman, who remained anonymous, said in the statement.

Revere police detectives received information from members of the public and executed a search warrant at Pagliuca’s home, where they recovered evidence “directly related to” the alleged crimes and arrested him, police said.

“Sadly, this crime is an example of the racism many of our residents experience on an ongoing basis,” said Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo. “We will not allow hatred in our city and we must continue to call it out and address it. I look forward to the continued work with leaders and stakeholders across our city toward an anti-racist Revere.”


Revere Police Chief Dave Callahan echoed Arrigo’s denouncement of the hateful acts.

“The arrest in this case should serve as a warning to anyone who seeks to intimidate or spread hate in our city,” Callahan said in a statement.

Correction: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story misstated the day of the man’s arrest. The Globe regrets the error.

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