N.J. man accused of carving swastika into lawn

Authorities say Scott Cooney used a lead pipe to carve a swastika into someone else's lawn. (Photo courtesy of Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

A New Jersey man is facing charges for allegedly using a pipe to carve a swastika into someone else's front lawn.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office said the victims reported on Sunday that 45-year-old Scott Cooney, of Lakewood, used a lead pipe to create the mark in their lawn. They took a photograph and showed it to the police.

Cooney had been verbally harassing and threatening them for several months, the victims told police.

Authorities said Cooney was arrested on Wednesday.

He is being charged with bias intimidation, harassment and criminal mischief.

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