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Brookline woman charged for vandalism at Longwood, Kenmore T stations

A map at the MBTA Longwood Station was vandalized on Thursday. Photo by Ellen Clegg
April 9, 2024
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A Brookline woman who allegedly defaced signs at two MBTA stations with anti-Zionist messages was charged with vandalism on Sunday, according to a police report filed at Brookline District Court.

Mindy Villaran, 29, who was a former contractor at the T, allegedly spray-painted station maps and walls at Longwood and Kenmore stations last Thursday, MBTA Transit Police wrote in the report.

The vandalism on a map at Longwood Station in Brookline read “Zionist Pigs” and included two peace signs. A platform wall at Kenmore Station in Boston was also defaced with the word “Zionists,” according to police. Brookline Select Board Chair Bernard Greene denounced the vandalism as antisemitic in a statement on Friday.

Villaran allegedly spray-painted both stations around midday on Thursday, and a passenger standing on the platform at Longwood captured a photo of her doing so, according to the police report.

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She was also seen on surveillance footage at both stations and posted a video of herself spray-painting the signs to a TikTok account connected to her name, police said.

When she was interviewed by police on Friday, she admitted to spray-painting the stations and told police that “Zionism represents how she is being treated, and how Zionism is the Jewish nationalist movement in support of a Jewish national state in Palestine,” according to the police report.

Villaran was charged with vandalism, a felony, and issued with a summons to Brookline District Court, according to court records.

Villaran could not be reached for comment, and court records did not indicate whether she has an attorney. MBTA spokesperson Lisa Battiston said that Villaran was a contractor for the T up until January of this year, when her contract was terminated.

In a statement on Friday, Greene called the vandalism an “attack on our Jewish community.”

“Brookline has been a welcoming bastion of inclusion for our Jewish community members for over 100 years, as a home to multiple diverse congregations of numerous denominations,” he wrote. “This vandalism, and any other attacks on the Jewish community’s safety and sense of belonging in this town, will not be tolerated.”

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