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Man accused of making anti-semitic remarks to Bexley residents flying Israeli flags

An Israeli flag flies
An Israeli flag waves in the wind

A Clintonville-area man is facing two charges of criminal trespassing after he allegedly made anti-semitic remarks to two Bexley residents flying Israeli flags.

Bexley police said they arrested Jacob Reidy on Monday at his home in Columbus without incident and he was taken to the Franklin County Jail.

Residents in the area of South Parkview and South Columbia avenues in Bexley reported the anti-semitic comments around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

One resident caught the man whom police identified as Reidy making remarks on a doorbell camera. The video has since been widely circulated on social media.

In the video, Reidy looks into the camera and says, "So, I've never used one of these."

A woman's voice answers, "Yeah, go ahead. What can I help you with, sir?"

Reidy then makes the anti-semitic remarks.

Police said in both cases, the comments were not threatening.

In a Sunday statement, the Bexley Police Department said officers were working with state and federal authorities and were in communication with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

The statement went on to say police continue to support the community, “and more importantly, our Jewish residents at this time."

Allie Vugrincic is a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She comes to Columbus from her hometown of Warren, Ohio, where she was a reporter, features writer and photographer for four years at the Tribune Chronicle and The Vindicator newspapers.