ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY—Rockville Centre resident Gerald Aronowitz was just one of many Nassau County residents to find messages of hate left on his front lawn.
Small pieces of paper with the words "KILL JEWS" hand written on them.
From September '09 to this past March, people in Rockville Center, Manhasset, and West Hempstead also found the hate notes, written on the back of some sort of form.
"when all these little pieces of evidence were put on the table and on the reverse side was a form that form was printed the XYZ car company." said Nassau County Detective Kevin Smith.
That lead police to 37 year old Demetrios Apolonides a former driver for the XYZ car service in Brooklyn, he was arrested and charged with 9 counts of aggravated harrassment as hate crimes.
"It wasn't looking like he was targeting any passengers." said Smith "it looks like he was trying to cause alarm in the community."
Prosecutors charge Apolonides admitted his intention was for jews to think muslims were dropping the messages and to cause tension between the two.
"fortunately most people don't fell that way." said Aronowitz "and we can sleep at night."
Because so much time had passed Aronowitz didn't think the case would never be solved and is thankful Nassau County Police stuck with it and pieced the case together.
Prosecutors say Apoliniedes may have also been distributing the notes while on his routes in Westchester and New York City.