Fed up, he ripped swastikas off Sacramento home, waited to be arrested

Swastikas are torn down from Sacramento house by angry city resident: 'Somebody had to do it'

For nearly five months, it was a bold display of anti-Semitism on a Sacramento front lawn.

Monday night, that display was torn to shreds by a city resident who told Fox40 he was just doing the right thing.

“There is a difference between free speech and hate," Robert Dixon told Fox40. "This is hate."

Dixon said he was not Jewish but was fed up with the recent rash of anti-Semitism in the Sacramento region.

“I’m just an American,” he said. “I love my country.”

Dixon said he watched state lawmakers on television last month as they pushed to get the signs taken down the right way. When their efforts failed, Dixon decided to remove the signs the wrong way, by trespassing and vandalizing the homeowner’s property.

“Somebody had to do it,” he said.

Dixon said he expected neighbors to call the police and even waited Monday night for officers to show up and arrest him.

But a Sacramento police representative said there were no calls to the Moddison Avenue address Monday night.

The homeowner has not spoken to Fox40 since the display went up.

He did, however, apparently respond in writing Tuesday with a message on his front door that read, “Terrorism?” in big blue letters.

Marin Austin is a reporter for Fox40, a Tribune Media property. 

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