A day after South Philly residents found swastikas and messages about Donald Trump tagged on cars and buildings, police released images of one suspect caught on camera tagging “Trump Rules” on a car.
Surveillance cameras in South Philly caught the man walking southbound on South Sixth Street past Christian Street around 5 a.m. Wednesday, just hours after Trump won the presidential election.
He can be seen at some points clearly bending over a vehicle while tagging it with messages including “Trump Rules” and “Trump Rules Black Bitch.”
“Several other vehicles and homes were also vandalized by the suspect who then fled in an unknown direction,” a police report stated.
Police said in an email that the investigation into the suspect is separate from the investigation into Trump graffiti with swastikas and other Nazi messages that was found Wednesday near Broad and Wharton streets in South Philly.
Those messages included the word “Trump” with a Nazi swastika instead of a T, swastikas over Trump’s name and a swastika with the words of the Nazi salute “Sieg Heil 2016” written on the glass of the abandoned Meglio Furs shop at Broad and Wharton streets.
Police described the suspect as a male with a medium build, “wearing a baseball cap, light colored jacket with a reflective strip on the shoulders, light colored pants, black gloves and white sneakers.”
It remains unclear if these various acts of graffiti were intended to support or oppose Trump, or if it had any political significance at all.
But residents waking up to the Nazi graffitisaid Wednesday they were deeply offended.
“This is a f—ing hate crime,”Amy Schiowitz told Metro on Wednesday,adding that she expects City Hall to respond. “This is not the type of city we want to live in.”
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