Son of ‘Sopranos’ Co-Star Arrested for Vandalizing SUNY Dorm With Swastika Graffiti
The son of actor Michael Imperioli, who played the role of Christopher Moltisanti on HBO‘s mega-hit series “The Sopranos,” was arrested on Wednesday for spray-painting a swastika on a bulletin board at a State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase dorm, The Journal News reported.
Vadim Imperioli, 19, faces a criminal mischief charge for the Nov. 20 vandalism, and his arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 17, according to Capt. Doug Larkin of the New York State Police.
According to The Journal News, this isn’t the first time Vadim, whose father is Sicilian-American and mother is Russian, has run into trouble with the law. He was handed three years probation for another act of vandalism in California and is currently facing a petty larceny charge. At a hearing on Tuesday related to the latter, Assistant District Attorney Catalina Blanco Buitrago told the judge that the teen has “a disregard for the property of others” and noted that he had two open cases in court. She also said there is a possibility that the criminal mischief charge he faces will be upgraded to a felony. In response, the judge raised Vadim’s $5,000 bail by $1,500 and rebuked him for getting into more trouble.
As The Algemeiner has reported extensively, colleges across the United States have increasingly been subjected to racist vandalism since the election of Donald Trump as president in November. Last month alone, a number of Jewish and gay students at New York University found swastika and “white pride” messages on their doors, and students at SUNY Geneseo discovered anti-Trump swastika graffiti on a dorm wall. Jewish students at the University of New Mexico found similar Nazi-themed graffiti on their campus in November, and said the drawings made them feel “anxious” and “intimidated into keeping a low profile.”