Judge releases woman accused of North Side hate crimes with instructions to surrender gun license, stay away from weapons

Mariana Lynch | Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — A North Side woman charged with multiple counts of felony hate crime has been released from custody with instructions to turn in her firearm owner’s license and any guns she owns to law enforcement, according to court records.

Prosecutors did not ask Judge William Fahy to detain 30-year-old Mariana Lynch during the Saturday afternoon court hearing.

Lynch was arrested on Thursday afternoon because witnesses identified her as the person who defaced several Rogers Park businesses with a marker, according to prosecutors.

A CPD report said she used a permanent marker to put “Nazi swastikas and the phrases “never again” and “bit188” on a business storefront in the 7000 block of North Sheridan and a garden apartment in the 7600 block of North Greenview.

Officers who arrested Lynch said they recognized her from an internal CPD bulleting about similar defacements at a Jewish school in the neighborhood on December 27. In that case, Lynch allegedly drew similar markings along with a website address, “die KKK raka, and “schlom!!! [sic]”

Lynch told the cops she was being “personally persecuted by the ‘Jews’ and ‘has to get attention,'” the report said.

In addition to surrendering her gun license and any weapons, Lynch must stay away from the places she is accused of defacing, Fahy said. According to court records, he did not put her on electronic monitoring or establish a curfew.

Lynch has never been charged with a crime in Cook County before, according to clerk of court records. She is now charged with three counts of hate crime, hate crime at a school, and two counts of criminal damage to government property, which are all felonies. She is also charged with four counts of misdemeanor criminal defacement.

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