Two charged in racial slur spray painting incident
LEWISTOWN – Lewistown Police arrested two local men Tuesday accused of spray-painting racial slurs and other obscenities at Fountain Square Park early Monday morning.
Police said Adam Joseph Troup, 24, and John Richard Lohman II, 28, both of Lewistown, were 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 early Monday morning by an officer near Logan Street 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. Police said the two men were lodged in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility pending arraignment.
Lewistown Police Officer Sam Snyder spoke Tuesday evening at the Downtown-East End Neighborhood Community Watch meeting held at the Regional Business Center on East Market Street, Lewistown.
Community Watch members asked Snyder questions about the vandalism and when people should contact police if they think they see a crime in the act.
“Don’t ever feel like you are bothering us,” Snyder said. “It’s our job.”
Snyder talked about the process the department took to create the case against Troup and Lohman. He said LPD wanted to get everything correct and they handled it the best they could.
Members of the Community Watch applauded Snyder after he announced two arrests were made in the case and some members of the Community Watch were shocked how quickly the two men were caught.
Snyder said there were approximately 32 victims with damage to personal property from the incident Monday.
“It’s the importance of people being attentive, caring about the community,” Snyder said.
Snyder said the department is very thankful of the people who care about the community.
Lewistown Police Department can be reached by phone at 248-6716 or 248-9607. People are reminded in case of emergencies, dial 911.
The Downtown-East End Neighborhood Community Watch is open to the public and will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in the conference room of the Regional Business Center, 152 East Market St., Lewistown.