Roxbury man charged with damaging Holocaust Memorial in Boston

Shards of class covered the ground where a vandal damaged a pane of glass. –Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

A Roxbury man may face civil rights charges after he allegedly used a large rock to destroy a pane of glass at the New England Holocaust Memorial in downtown Boston. The pane was etched with numbers tattooed onto the arms of Jews murdered in Nazi death camps.

James Isaac, 21, was arrested by Boston police around 1:50 a.m. Wednesday after a witness allegedly saw him damage the memorial, which is located on Union Street across from both Boston City Hall and the John F. Kennedy federal building, Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said.

Isaac is currently charged with willful and malicious destruction of personal property and willfull and malicious destruction of a place of a monument and is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday in Boston Municipal Court, according to Evans.