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New Technology Leads NYPD to Mezuzah Arsonist

A new technology helped the NYPD track-down the man who was suspected of torching a dozen mezuzahs in Brooklyn last week.
By Arutz Sheva staff
First Publish: 4/14/2013, 2:50 PM

Mezuzah
Mezuzah
Israel news photo: Flash 90

A new technology helped the New York Police Department (NYPD) track-down the man who was suspected of torching a dozen mezuzahs in Brooklyn last week.

Career criminal Ruben Ubiles, 34, was caught on a security camera Monday as he entered a Williamsburg apartment complex. The image was run through the police facial recognition database, which produced the suspect’s name based on the side view of his head.

“Facial recognition involves distances and proportions on the face, distances between the eyes and the ear, things like that,” a source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the New York Daily News.

“We had a good angle on his ear that helped to identify him.”

Police charged Ruben Ubiles with burglary, arson and criminal mischief, all as hate crimes, in addition to reckless endangerment.