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Vandalism suspect is a 70-year-old man

Police Chief: "another example of our community working with us to support our mission'


Last updated 7/17/2020 at 9:18am

Edmonds police have identified a suspect in the vandalism of the "I Can't Breathe" art installation on the fence across the street from the Edmonds Police Department.

and referred hate crime charges to the Snohomish County Prosecutors office, said Sgt. Josh McClure of the Edmonds Police Department.

The suspect was identified by patrol officers not long after the incident was reported July 14. Two witnesses provided a suspect description and vehicle license plate. The 70-year-old suspect was contacted at his Edmonds residence.

Information from that contact verified that this was the correct suspect, McClure said. This information was then provided to a detective that was assigned to the case. She conducted further investigation and interviewed the creator of the "I Can't Breathe" project,

"Over the last several months our community has been tested in so many ways," said Acting Police Chief JIm Lawless.

"This is just another example of our community working with us to support our mission. We value that relationship, and will never take it for granted."


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