Another swastika: Police arrest suspect in vandalism

An incident at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds
Jul 09, 2017

Edmonds Police arrested a suspect in a vandalism of a vehicle at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds on Sunday, July 5.

Police found a swastika spray painted on the side of a vehicle belonging to a church member. Prior to the incident being reported, a sergeant working security at the church recognized the suspect from previous encounters, and saw that there was spray paint on his fingers.

After the victim reported the damage, the suspect was located in the area and interviewed. Police collected evidence from his vehicle after permission was given to search it. There was no probable cause to make an arrest at that time.

Early Wednesday, detectives interviewed the suspect again at the Edmonds Police Department.

As a result of that interview, the 21-year-old Edmonds man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on third-degree malicious mischief. Charges were determined after a thorough review of the suspect’s interview, and a briefing of the case with a deputy prosecuting attorney from the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.

Chief Al Compaan was immediately made aware of the arrest and responded:

“I continue to share the concern of our community that we have had another incident of this nature," he said. "It is important to know that Edmonds PD will continue to investigate each instance and make an arrest where appropriate. The symbol used in this crime does nothing but signify hate."

Detectives are also looking into whether the most recent incident is in related to the similar events from April that occurred in the Westgate and Esperance neighborhoods, as well as the Madrona School incidents.

The suspect was not a student or employee at the school. It is also important to note that there may be one or more suspects responsible for these other acts, and they may or may not be related to the Westgate Chapel incident.

Detectives will continue their work on this investigation.

If you have any information call the Edmonds PD tip line at 425-771-0212 or go to www.epdtips.edmondswa.gov.

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