Graffiti suspect

Frederick police suspect this individual was responsible for leaving several graffiti tags in Frederick during a Black Lives Matter march June 8.

Frederick police on Friday released a video clip and still image of a suspect who they believe spray painted Black Lives Matter graffiti in several locations in the city last month.

The individual has not been identified yet but detectives were hoping someone would step forward to identify him and any others potentially involved in the graffiti incidents, which were discovered and reported to police shortly after a Black Lives Matter protest outside the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center on June 8. After confronting Sheriff Chuck Jenkins outside the law enforcement center earlier in the evening, several protesters marched back into downtown Frederick and through areas where the graffiti was later found, according to previous reports.

“We had multiple people send us videos from various people’s Facebook accounts probably starting that next day showing different parts of the march and we were able to identify the individual as a suspect from those videos,” said Lt. Kirk Henneberry, who commands the city police department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

The department updated its initial press release from early June on Friday, adding a link to a 30-second clip as well as the still image of a young man who is seen holding what appears to be a stencil matching the graffiti found, as well as a can of spray paint.

The man appears to be wearing a black shirt and a black pair of pants with a white strip on them in the video, but no further information was included in Friday’s release. The brief video clip included with the release does not specifically show the individual using the stencil or spray paint, but Henneberry suggested even more evidence was found in the full clip and other videos sent to the department.

Police investigating Black Lives Matter graffiti in downtown Frederick

“That’s just a 10-second clip ... there are other clips that show even more, so by watching all of the videos sent to us, there’s more incriminating aspects,” Henneberry said.

While other individuals may have been involved in leaving the graffiti, so far police were considering the young man singled out in Friday’s press release as their primary suspect in the case, Henneberry said.

Anyone who can help identify the individual or who can otherwise assist police with the investigation was asked to contact Detective Ryan Stotler at 240-549-4537 or RStotler@frederickmdpolice.org. Anonymous tips can also be left by calling 301-600-8477 (TIPS), sent by text message to 240-674-8477 (TIPS) or via email to fpdcrimetip@frederickmdpolice.org.

Follow Jeremy Arias on Twitter: @Jarias_Prime.

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

(31) comments

jwhamann

Kids are always going to record everything on their smartphones and share it with everybody. That’s why they get in trouble.

C.D.Reid

And that's how they can [inadvertently] help the law.

Greg F

KR...agreed

C.D.Reid

Thank you Greg, [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

sevenstones1000

I agree with he sentiment. Street art. Doesn’t bother me.

C.D.Reid

If you're implying that the BLM graffiti was "street art," seven, it was NOT. It was illegal vandalism to someone else's property and nothing else. May I come to your house and spray some "street art" on it? If not, then why not?

bosco

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

Greg F

Damage is minimal KR compared to the damage racism by the whites and their system has done

C.D.Reid

Greg, damage to personal property by others, like spray painting graffiti on someone else's property, is absolutely no comparison to damage done by we racists (remember, you declared me a racist.) You're making nothing but a comparison of apples and oranges which is totally irrelevant to the topic at hand..

bosco

Saying unwanted graffiti/tagging is "street art" is like saying street pizza is Digorno. And if you don't know what street pizza is, good for you. [lol][ninja]

tonyc51

Probably does not live in Frederick. A lot of the troublemakers (note I did not say protesters) were imported for the sole purpose of inciting destruction and violence, in my opinion.

Greg F

Like the troublemakers that ran over people at a protest?

bosco

Were those the people standing on the Interstate? Media got all worked up over that one but not the Blacks killed in the CHOP zone - you know the ones where the protestors wouldn't let the police respond. Summer of Love!

[ninja]

KellyAlzan

ANIMAL

Greg F

Calling someone an animal is not an acceptable response to graffiti. You serve his point that you are so easy to call others animals for something so relatively petty and done as a symbol against those who have tried to dehumanize others. Way to validate his efforts there. Would you have said the same thing if he were white? I’d guess no.

C.D.Reid

Would you consider it "so relatively petty" if I were to come to your house and spray paint the message of my choice on it in several places? Now, that's just a simple "Yes" or "No" question. Can you give me a simple "Yes" or "No" answer?

sevenstones1000

This is not a message of hate or violence. The person doing it is not an animal. The animals carry tiki torches and wear white hoods.

Greg F

Relatively KR...a concept you fail to get due to being racist.

C.D.Reid

OK seven, since you replied to the question I posed Greg F tell me, what does your comment have to do with that question?

phydeaux994

No

phydeaux994

Have you taken on the role of the Moderator CD?? Anybody can say anything they want to here, within the guidelines of course, without having to justify it to you. Quit being such a Drama Queen.

C.D.Reid

Nice deflecting answer to sidestep my question, huh Greg F? And much easier to write out than a simple "Yes" or "No." Face it, I have a point you can't dispute and you just hate that, don't you? And, we all see that you continue with your childish, immature name calling. I bet you excelled at that in grade school.

C.D.Reid

That's right, fido, anybody can say anything they want to here within the guidelines, which means I can ask anyone questions that I'd like to ask, does it not? So why do you ask if I've taken on the role of the moderator? And just how am I'm being a drama queen by asking those questions? Is calling me one your way of showing your frustration at my asking questions that some people can't answer without embarrassing yourselves?

chris

Free To Be

You and Me

phydeaux994

You question people’s right to say things. “How would you like somebody to spray paint your house”. “If you like illegal aliens so much why don’t you ask them to move in with you”. “Why do you hate Trump so much”. “Why do you want to let murderers and rapists come into our Country”. “Can’t you just give me a “Yes” or “No” answer”. On and on with these inane questions that you know is not something the commenter wants to do. Discuss the subject. “What has Trump done to Make America Great Again” in the last two years. How do we fix the Racial Divide in America. Discuss those with some rational answers for once in your life. You and bosco are nothing more than mega-trollers with not a clue about the real things important to our Country today. Get a life. Join Humanity. Grow up.

C.D.Reid

Fido, tell me one time where I have ever questioned someone's right to say anything they care to? I happen to fully support the 1st. But when someone, no matter who, makes a comment saying that an illegal act of vandalism like spray painting graffiti on someone else's property is " relatively petty" or "street art," I simply want to know if they would consider it as such if someone were to do it to their property. Is that really so hard for you to grasp? Is it? It's referred to as "Calling them out" and have you noticed that just about whenever I do it, the person whom I ask refrains from answering me, my guess being is that person realizes what an ignorant comment it was that they posted and don't want to embarrass themselves by answering it. I ask simple, honest questions which usually only take a simple "Yes" or "No" and that's all I'm looking for in an answer. Not some long, drawn out excuse that sidesteps my question with deflection. And, being proficient in that "art" yourself, you should be well aware of what I'm talking about. So, you say I should "discuss the subject?" Why don't you just discuss the subjects you want to discuss, and let me discuss the ones I want to? And, if you don't care for this subject, why did you even get involved in the first place?

bosco

KR999, I think GregF and Fido's BVDs are a little too tight and making them cranky. They spew hate and vitriol here daily as the LLBTT, and yet if someone so much as posts something they don't agree with or asks someone else a question about a post, they feel the need to jump in and chastise you as a Trump supporter. They are blinded by their own self hate. I think they are best ignored and not worth the time to engage in conversation.

Life is good and they can't stand it.

[ninja]

DickD

There is a difference, CD. Spraying paint on public property means all of us that pay taxes share the cost. Spraying on personal property means the owner pays all of the costs. Both are wrong.

gabrielshorn2013

Agreed, Dick [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said the same thing the other week. Paraphrased, "We all have the right to exercise our 1st amendment rights to free speech ask government redress to our grievances to our government, but that does not include vandalism." What seven considers "street art" is nothing more than vandalism. Note that she will never answer the question of whether it is OK to vandalize her property, as some of the "protesters" did in DC and elsewhere. After all, it only takes a can of Goof-Off(tm) and some elbow grease to remove it.

Greg F

You want a clear answer to a facetious question. I’d clean it up and move on.

C.D.Reid

So, let me see if I understand you correctly, Greg; if I were to come to your house and spray graffiti stating the message of my choice in several places on it, it wouldn't bother you. You'd just clean it up yourself and move on, correct? And the emphasis is on you wouldn't consider it "relatively petty." Right?

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