NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police in New Jersey are searching for a vandal they say defaced campaign posters with symbols of hate.

newark bias suspect Police: Vandal Spray Paints Campaign Poster With Swastika In Newark

Alleged vandal in Newark bias incident. (credit: Newark Department of Public Safety)

A swastika was spray painted over the face of Councilman Luis Quintana on the 400 block of Broadway in Newark Thursday.

The vandal also painted over Councilman Anibal Ramos’ face.

Newark Police have released grainy photos of the man they believe is responsible.

The incident is being treated as a bias crime.

Authorities are urging anyone with information about this incident to call the Department’s 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or the Newark Police Special Victims Unit at (973) 733-7273.

Anonymous tips may also be made using the Police Division’s website at: or through our new Smartphone App available at iTunes and Google Play. Search Newark Police Division to download the App.