The Antioch Police Department announced the arrest of a 24-year-old Antioch man Tuesday morning who allegedly is responsible for vandalism in the downtown area in the City of Antioch.
According to police, the suspect was identified as Lawrence Phipps. Police served a probation search and located Phipps along with clothing worn during the vandalism incidents which were caught on video. Phipps does have a record and is on probation but police did not elaborate further.
In total, more than 20 business and multiple vehicles (including city vehicles) were hit with spray paint as code enforcement was working to clean the damages.
The damages were discovered on Sunday and Monday in the Rivertown District along 2nd street, as well as 3rd Street along G Street as Code Enforcement worked the downtown area to clean off spray painted racist messages–including multiple swastikas.
At this time, police say there is no evidence to support this being a “hate crime”, however, the incident is still under investigation. Police next will take this to the District Attorney’s office where charges will be filed.
Mayor Sean Wright said Tuesday the actions of one individual does not portray Antioch as a whole .
“Thank you to those that shared video to help the police department do a great job in catching this individual. Every bit of information helps. Thank you to all of the downtown businesses for being patient. As a community we are better than than this and hopefully this incident can bring Antioch together and say we will not tolerate this type of behavior,” said Wright.
Official Release from Antioch Police:
We are pleased to report that the person responsible for the extensive vandalism to our downtown community has been arrested. This morning, officers responded to tips from several community members identifying Lawrence Phipps, 24 years out of Antioch. A search of his residence revealed evidence connecting him to this crime.
This is an excellent example of what can happen when the police and the community come together to work as a team. As a community, we refuse to stand for this type of criminal behavior.
Editors Notes: Previous articles where Phipps has been arrested