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Keyword: hate crime

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.

Original release (July 5, 2016  5:14 p.m.):

Officers at the Wilkens precinct are investigating extensive vandalism that occurred last week at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in the 1900 block of Edmondson Avenue.

Police are investigating this as a possible bias related crime because of information provided by the pastor that she believes the church has been victimized before because of its open acceptance of gays and lesbians. The church flies a gay unity flag on its doorstep. Police responded to a previous incident involving theft of this unity flag.

Officers responded to the church at about 9:40 a.m. June 30. The pastor told them that someone had broken into the church over night and ransacked it. Police found smashed windows, file cabinets opened and furniture and other items broken and strewn about. A fire extinguisher had been used to spray throughout the church, damaging many items including church pew cushions.

In the music room, various inflammatory phrases were written on a dry erase board. These included, "666," "Hail Satan," WTF is Jezus?" and "Death 2 All."

Police believe the crime occurred some time between 7:30 p.m. on June 29 and 9:40 a.m. on June 30.

This is an open investigation. There are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information about this crime should call BCoPD at 410-307-2020.

Revised June 27, 2017