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66-year-old man sought on hate crime charges for Gambrills church vandalism – Baltimore Sun

by DrewLUD

Anne Arundel County Police are seeking the whereabouts of a 66-year-old man charged with multiple hate crime offenses stemming from the discovery of offensive graffiti at a Gambrills church earlier this week.

The racist graffiti discovered at Kingdom Celebration Center on Wednesday night followed a similar incident last month, when a racist slur was found on the church’s doors before a food distribution one morning.

Donald Eugene Hood Jr., 66, who has no fixed address, is being sought on three hate crime charges and malicious destruction of property for the more recent incident. Police identified him after reviewing surveillance footage from the church, according to a news release from the department.

Police have not determined whether he was involved in the vandalism incident last month, which led to several community leaders convening at the church to decry the racist graffiti.

Police spokesperson Marc Limansky said detectives “will certainly be looking at Hood regarding his possible involvement with the prior incident at the Kingdom Celebration Center.”

Those with information on Hood’s whereabouts are asked to call the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-8610. Police said he is known to frequent the Odenton and Gambrills area.

“I am appalled by these acts of hate targeting Black churches in our communities,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said in a statement on Wednesday. He said he has instructed the police department to “use all available resources to capture” the suspect.

“To my fellow residents who believe that we are all created equal, I urge you to join me in denouncing racist hate wherever and whenever it occurs,” Pittman said. “And to those who continue to harass our neighbors and commit these disgusting hate crimes, know that your bigotry will not stop the work of these excellent Black leaders, and know that when you are arrested you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Bishop Antonio Palmer, who leads the Kingdom Celebration Center, said he was planning to hold another conference on the matter on Sunday at the church.

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