Man accused of vandalizing downtown Riverside murals – Press Enterprise – Riverside, California

Riverside, California 2020-11-21 14:22:15 –

A 49-year-old man from Riverside was charged with vandalism and hate crimes after being arrested on Thursday, November 19, and after someone used spray paint to tamper with downtown murals. Many are related to civil rights.

According to Riverside police, Paul Philip Powers was detained in Robert Pressley detention center for five felony vandalism, one misdemeanor vandalism, and one misdemeanor hate crime vandalism.

“Due to the current bail schedule for nonviolent crimes, Mr Powers was released from prison with a quote from a’notice of appearance’,” department spokesman Ryan Railsback wrote in a news release.

Powers wouldn’t talk to the detective, Railsback said.

“So I don’t know his motives other than doing damage,” Railsback said in an interview on Saturday.

Surveillance videos show a man the police have identified as walking near a mural and suddenly pulling out a can of spray paint and drawing a black line, Railsback said.

On November 2, a half-block long mural of a civil rights leader, a small mural of George Floyd, and the mother of a 14-year-old Mississippi boy who was killed in the 1950s were stained with black paint. The tampered building included the Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside Food Lab, and Civil Rights Institute.

According to county prison records, the investigation led police to Powers, who was arrested on Second Street on Thursday. Powers has not documented a criminal record in Riverside County, higher court records show.

Police will ask detective Edward Basquez (951-353-7955) or evazquez@riversideca.gov to contact anyone who has information about the crime. Anonymous tips can be emailed to rpdtips @ riversideca.gov or sent to the Riverside Police Mobile App “Send Tips” feature with reference to Report No. 200028985.

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