A Frederick man was charged with malicious destruction of property after sheriff’s deputies linked him to a slew of racist graffiti found in the city and county.

Jose Margarito Guerra, 20, of the 100 block of Key Parkway, is charged with four counts of malicious destruction of property by the Frederick Police Department, as well as a single count of malicious destruction of property by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, according to an online search of court records Wednesday. All of the charges date back to June 27, when city police responded to multiple locations in Baker Park, including the covered bridge, the bandshell and the pump house at Culler Lake, all of which had been spray painted with “anti-police rhetoric and racial slurs,” according to a city police press release.

Charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court revealed that, while Frederick police were investigating the graffiti in the city, sheriff’s deputies were looking into similar graffiti left on a home on Woodridge Road in the Lake Linganore area on the same day.

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A resident of the home identified several young people as potential suspects and, after speaking to two of the individuals, deputies identified Guerra and a juvenile female as the individuals who spray painted the slurs and messages on the home, the documents state. Because the graffiti was so similar to the messages and images found in the city, sheriff’s deputies reached out to city police before arranging an interview with Guerra, the documents state.

It was not immediately clear whether the juvenile female was charged as a result of the spray paint left on the home on Woodridge Road, but charging documents did indicate that the occupants of the home told deputies that they did not believe the graffiti was left on their home as a racist attack, despite one of the messages disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement.

During an interview with city police and sheriff’s deputies, Guerra eventually admitted to taking part in spray painting the house as well as the various spots in downtown Frederick, the documents state.

Police do not believe Guerra acted alone while leaving graffiti in the city, the release states. Anyone with any additional information, including the identities of other potential suspects, was asked to contact Officer First Class Bentley at 240-549-4534 or GBentley@frederickmdpolice.org.

Anonymous tips can also be left at 301-600-8477 (TIPS), texted to 240-674-8477 or sent by email to fpdcrimetip@frederickmdpolice.org.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

(46) comments

corgikid

Will this useless bum be charged with a hate crime and then deported?

shiftless88

Corgi; why do you assume he was not born in the USA??

bosco

[thumbup][ninja]

gabrielshorn2013

We don't know his emigration status corgi, and it isn't in the story. He could have been born in FredCo for all anyone knows.

corgikid

Is this article suggesting that disparaging BLM is racist?

jloo

And yet again we have another race hoax. Being Latino, I ask myself why would a Latino male go around spray painting racist graffiti? The answer is simple. Because WHITE people aren't!! In order to have a movement based on racial identity, there must be proof of white racism. In the absence of white racial animus, it must therefore be MADE UP. In the ever mindless pursuit of equal outcomes, there are two attributes that no government or society or social justice movement will ever control. Talent and virtue.

C.D.Reid

Excellent points, jloo! [thumbup]

bosco

Good points jloo. How much overt racism do you encounter day to day on FredCo?

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jloo

Absolutely none. And as it is now July, my brown skin is very brown. Meaning if my white fellow Americans were going to discriminate against me based on my skin color..now would be the time.

bosco

What I get a kick out of is that we are all a shade of brown, and yet one particular segment of society focuses on the different shades for political reasons.

Side note - I lived and worked in LA a long time ago and rode my Harley with my club colors into some of the most "barrio" parts of the LA basin and never encountered any racism or any 'isms. You give respect and you get respect back.

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phydeaux994

Ooooh! bosco!! Riding your HARLEY with your CLUB COLORS fearlessly into the BARRIO. Hells Angels, Pagans, which one?? You’re a 1%’er with your American Flag bandanna tied around your head hanging out in Sturgis watching the wet Tee Shirt contests and scarfing down..Coronas??? At a Biker Rally?? 😂🤣😷

bosco

Oh Fido. Once again your prejudice is showing. Not every motorcycle club with colors is an outlaw gang. You are spending too much time focusing on stereotypes to feed your own hate. You need to turn off the TV and get out more often. You might change your paradigm a bit if you weren't so afraid of learning something.

I rode with a group of law enforcement and veterans from all walks of life and shades of brown. A sub group of the club also rode bicycles where we would ride for Children's Charities associated with the Shrine. That's where I was introduced to citizen ride alongs with the police. Really opened my eyes to human nature and the criminal element.

I am sorry your world is so clouded by the hate taught you by the left.

[lol][lol][lol][lol][ninja]

C.D.Reid

The sad thing, bosco, is that I've no doubt fido is very, very proud of his extremely immature, childish comment of 2:05. I believe his frustration at a black man, yourself, not fitting his own, biased mold of how a black man should think, speak, and behave, is growing with every comment you post. Keep up the good work bud! [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][lol]

phydeaux994

I was being sarcastic bosco. I should have known you would miss that. I was just pointing out your need to tell everybody what a stud you are, riding a Harley wearing your Colors and Leathers. Peace.✌️😷

C.D.Reid

"...your need to tell everybody what a stud you are, riding a Harley wearing your Colors and Leathers." Why do you feel the need to continue to be sarcastic, fido? Is it because of your own insecurities?

phydeaux994

For a guy who is afraid to come out of his yard for fear of meeting someone scary who may say “boo” to him, you have a lot to say Glen Shiel, CDReid, KR999 and leader of the BTT(BullyTagTeam). Have you decided who you are yet, Scotsman, Thurmontsman, KR999sman, ThinSkinsman??? Back to your Bunker, talk to you tomorrow. Peace.✌️😷

C.D.Reid

Gee fido, another well thought out, mature, intelligent reply. And I'm sure you're very, very proud of it, aren't you?

phydeaux994

Why does it have to be overt bosco? Most Racism is not overt.

bosco

When one rolls into the barrio with each corner bodega tagged with the local gang symbols, the racism is overt. [ninja]

phydeaux994

Anybody of any race can be a Racist. If a Latino believes they are better than Black people, or any other race, they are Racist. It doesn’t have to be a White Racist. Is that what you are saying jloo?

tonyc51

Interesting from all angles. This might help open minded people see that there are wackos all around.

bosco

Jose Margarito Guerra, Jesse Smollett, Tawana Brawley, Crystal Mangum, Alexis Briggs, Asha Burwell, Ariel Aguido, Yasmine Seweid, Amari Allen, and many more.

Makes you wonder what these people's motives and what their thinking is.

Piedmontgardener

True story, Tony. Arrests aren't convictions, but if they did this, drop one in the crazy people box and take one off the reinforcing the daily narrative box.

LeonardKeepers

i agree with dancing donna if the gentleman is actually guilty of doing the graffiti he should be made to clean it up

bosco

Looks like jloo called it and purplepickle missed it by a mile.

To bad for all of the leftists trying to blame the racist graffiti on white supremacists and racists.

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C.D.Reid

Touché!!! [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][lol]

Greg F

Your one example here is not all of them. Too bad the right wingers keep flying the confederate and Nazi flags.

C.D.Reid

Totally irrelevant to bosco's comment, and you know it. [lol][lol][lol]

bosco

Don't worry about the right wingers, the anarchists and the leftists are doing a good enough of spreading racism. Maybe the left will diagnose this guy with the Jesse Smollett syndrome and give him a pass, like the one Biden is getting from #metoo.

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shiftless88

Bosco; why would you claim he is not a racist? Do you have some evidence for that?

phydeaux994

He is a Racist bosco. He believes his race is superior to the Black race. BINGO!!!

bosco

You guys crack me up. Why was he tagging symbols associated with White Supremacists? The reported 666 is associated with the Aryan Brotherhood. The swastika with neo-Nazi groups. Not sure about the giant penis - that's up for grabs I guess.

Maybe he's a White Supremacist in brown face with a fake ID from south of the border.

I think the stunt to blame White Supremacists backfired.

[lol][lol][lol][lol][ninja]

C.D.Reid

It backfired big time, too.

phydeaux994

“To bad for all of the leftists trying to blame the racist graffiti on white supremacists and RACISTS”. (My Caps)

C.D.Reid

Looks to me like someone might be trying to start a race war.

Nicki

Quit salivating, CD!

C.D.Reid

Salivating, Nicki? How's that? What makes you think I'm "salivating?"

Greg F

He's heard Pavlov's bell...of course he's salivating.

C.D.Reid

OK Greg F, Nicki didn't see fit to answer my question so you tell me, why should I be salivating? Huh?

phydeaux994

sal·i·vate

verb

1. secrete saliva, especially in anticipation of food.

2. display great relish at the sight or prospect of something.

C.D.Reid

Your point being, fido? If you, Nicki, and Greg F have something to say, why don't one, or all, of you just come out and say it? Only cowards hide behind vague, questionable comments.

phydeaux994

Nicki is saying that you would love somebody trying to start a race war, and I would agree. You can’t negate your years of Racist comments that make people believe that you WOULD LOVE that. Your phony denial of your Racism is more than phony, it is UNTRUE, to use the Politically Correct word. Only a Coward would Claim he is not what he is.

C.D.Reid

Well fido, seeing how you're essentially calling me a liar, allow me to say I believe you're one, yourself. I do not want a race war, I have no reason for wanting a race war, and if there were one I would not profit from a race war. So I have no reason to "salivate." You people are only assuming something because it suits your agenda and, you know what they say about assume; it makes an @ss out of u, not me. so what was your purpose in challenging me to say that I'm not a racist if you weren't going to accept my answer, what exactly was the point in that? You've already drawn your conclusions and that action only made you look the fool. Bottom line, I really don't care what you, Nicki, Greg F, or any other of your liberal friends think about me simply because none of you mean anything to me. You're all nothing more just screen names sitting behind your keyboards spewing the same kind of hatred for Trump and his supporters that you say I have for other races. So, you tell me, just what's the difference? Your opinion of Trump? My opinion of you? Everyone has their own opinions and you seem to forget that yours mean no more than mine. "Peace."

bosco

Wasn't there some backlash when that issue was raised in the original article? Oh no, cried the leftist liberals, it had to be white supremacists and racists. Another Jesse Smollett type of incident. I guess there wasn't enough racism to be found in FredCo, so they had to go manufacture some.

This really helps their cause. [lol][ninja]

dancing donna

If evidence was clear he did the crime, the city should have him personally repair the damages. It we have already paid someone to do it, then he can clean up other vandalism that others have done or will be done as nothing is being done to stop it. We need to put to work those who choose to damage our town. What use is it to feed them and then let them out in a week or month to do it again. The punishment should equal the crime. Where are the Frederick politicians? Why are they so quietly standing by as Frederick is being vandalized by it's own residents?

C.D.Reid

He can reimburse the City for clean up expenses, too.

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