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Keyword: bias incident

UPDATE (December 4, 2018 1:46 p.m.):

After consulting with the State's Attorney's Office for Baltimore County, four additional charges have been sought against Fynn Arthur in the form of a court issued summons:

  • Two counts of bias instigated destruction of property
  • Two counts of animosity instigated harassment/destruction of property

UPDATE (November 30, 2018 3:46 p.m.):

Fynn Arthur was released on his own recognizance following a bail review hearing this afternoon.

This case will be forwarded to the State's Attorney's Office for Baltimore County for further review and determination of whether criteria exists for prosecution as a hate related crime.

Original Release (November 30, 2018 1:10 p.m.):

Police have arrested and charged a man in two recent incidents of bias-based graffiti discovered in dormitory bathrooms at Goucher College.

Fynn Ajani Arthur (21) of the unit block of Spring Street in Brunswick, Maine, a student and resident at Goucher College, was arrested and charged last night with two counts of Malicious Destruction of Property.

The first incident was reported on November 14 when a student found racially charged graffiti written in permanent black marker in a first floor bathroom stall around 4:30 a.m., including a swastika symbol, a racially motivated threat, and three dormitory room numbers which were occupied by black male students. The students in those rooms were interviewed at the time and none could provide any suspect information or motive for the graffiti. One of those students was Arthur.

Yesterday, around 2 a.m., a student reported more racially charged graffiti in a second floor bathroom stall in the same building, including swastikas and "KKK," and appeared to include the last names of four black students, including Arthur.

Booking photo of Fynn ArthurWorking with Goucher College Public Safety, Baltimore County Police partnered with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Baltimore Field Office yesterday to further the investigation into both of these incidents. The conclusion was that both incidents involved the same suspect, and evidence uncovered during yesterday's investigation indicated that Arthur was that suspect. He was located on campus and arrested around 6 p.m.

Arthur is currently being held on denied bail status at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing.

Baltimore County Police are investigating a number of graffiti incidents that happened overnight in the Pikesville precinct as a bias incident.

At least fifteen vehicles in the 3700 block of Sylvan Drive and the 3600 block of Lochearn Drive were spray painted with black paint, some with obscenities and some with images of swastikas. One resident's storm door was also spray painted, as well as the brick face of another resident's home.

Based on residential surveillance images police believe the suspect was in the area from approximately 11:30 p.m. through 12:30 a.m. The only images obtained by police thus far depict the suspect as a person in dark pants and a dark colored hooded sweatshirt carrying a book bag.

Anyone in the area having similar damage who was not previously contacted by police this morning should call 9-1-1 to report the destruction. Anyone who may have surveillance images of the incident or any information is also asked to contact police at the Pikesville Precinct by calling 410-887-1279.

Loyola Blakefield College Preparatory School for Boys in Towson opted to close for the day following the discovery of bias based graffiti including an inferred threat to minority students.

School administrators reported yesterday afternoon that a potentially threatening racist remark was scratched onto one of the bathroom stalls in Burk Hall. The remark suggested that no one of color should attend school on "Thursday." School administrators added that this was not the first incident of derogatory graffiti found this school year, but investigation regarding any prior incidents has been handled by the school administration. The school principal, Mr. Matinacci, advised that yesterday's incident was escalated in nature and the executive staff decided it necessary to report the incident and close the school for the safety of all students.

Officers will continue to work with the school administration on the investigation into this incident and any prior incidents, as well as working with the school to develop a plan of action regarding safety precautions as they move forward, including an increased police presence at and around the school.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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