The manager of a Sunnyside condominium building who has been criticized for having hate symbols in his building has been arrested.

Cops nabbed Neal Milano, 69, on Sunday afternoon on charges of harassing and stalking a woman who used to live in the building, according to the police and the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

According to the complaint from Brown's office, the woman said Milano grabbed her neck and pulled her in one incident; and another time, he grabbed her by the arm and pulled her. On both occasions, the complaint says, the victim feared being harmed.

The complaint alleges that Milano committed one count of third-degree attempted assault, three of second-degree harassment, one of first-degree harassment and two of fourth-degree stalking.

He approached the victim and yelled curse words at her 20 times, according to the complaint; on other occasions, the victim said, he called her profane names. And the victim also accused him of harassing her after she told him to stop speaking to her.

All of the incidents happened between Sept. 20, 2016 and July 11, the complaint said.

Milano ignited outrage in western Queens with the photos of World War II-era despots and other images that many find offensive, along with those of American statesmen, leading City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) to call on the state and city governments to look into the issue. Activist Jeff Orlick said on his Instagram that he went into the property and tore down hate images on Aug. 28.

The arrest is preceded by other complaints about Milano allegedly bullying and harassing residents of the building. 

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the city Commission on Human Rights opened probes into the complaints of harassment. According to media reports, Sunday's arrest was not the result of a probe.


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