Guard arrested for vandalizing Memphis yeshiva Torah scroll

By JTA
January 15, 2013 09:22




A Memphis yeshiva’s Shabbat retreat was disrupted when a hotel security guard was arrested for vandalizing a Torah scroll and other property belonging to the school.

Justin Shawn Baker, 24, an Iraqi War veteran living in Jackson, Tenn., was arrested and charged with vandalism between $60 and $250,000 - a Class B felony. His bail was set Monday at $100,000. Baker is an armed guard working for the Maxxguard security firm.

On Saturday morning, local police and later federal law enforcement were called to the DoubleTree Motel in Jackson to investigate a damaged Torah scroll, siddurs and music equipment belonging to the Margolin Hebrew Academy's Cooper Yeshiva High School.


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