Pair waives hearings in Lewistown graffiti case

LEWISTOWN – Two Lewistown men charged in connection with spraying racist graffiti at the Five Points Fountain Square Park waived preliminary hearings recently.

Adam Joseph Troup, 24, and John Richard Lohman II, 28, are charged with ethnic intimidation, a felony and other related charges.

A swastika and various racial slurs were spray-painted at Fountain Square Park at the Five Points intersection of Lewistown and more than 15 vehicles were vandalized in the area of Valley, Chestnut and Forsythe streets as well as Shaw Avenue, police said.

Police said Troup and Lohman were stopped by an officer near Logan Street in early morning hours of Monday May 21, and were found in possession of spray paint cans.

Police said the investigation of the damage to the vehicles led to the discovery that racially offensive words were spray-painted on several buildings, including a building adjacent to the park. Ethnic intimidation charges were filed against the men based on the offensive words that were in the graffiti, according to the report.

Troup and Lohman were also charged with criminal conspiracy, criminal mischief which caused more than $5,000 of damage and loitering and prowling at night.

Troup and Lohman remain incarcerated in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 each. They are expected to appear in the Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas for a formal arraignments in July.