S. Jersey man arrested in 'Pro-Trump', racist post-election vandalism in South Philly
A 58-year-old South Jersey man has been arrested and charged with vandalizing several vehicles and homes in South Philadelphia on the day after the presidential election, police announced Thursday.
William Tucker, of the unit block of Hemmings Way in Lawnside, Camden County, has been arrested and charged in the early-morning Nov. 9 incidents on the 900 block of South Sixth Street, at the border of Bella Vista and Queen Village, police said.
On that morning, residents on the block awoke to find racist and pro-Trump graffiti spray painted on their storefronts, cars and homes.
One of the damaged cars was a white SUV that had "Trump Rules" and "Black Bitch" spray-painted across it in large black letters. The 62-year-old owner of the car, who is a black woman, has said she reported the vandalism to police.
Police said that surveillance video captured a man spray painting a hood of a parked vehicle on the block about 5 a.m. that day. Several other vehicles and homes were also vandalized by the suspect, who then fled in an unknown direction, police said.
Tucker was identified after police received an anonymous call from a tipster on Nov. 11. After further investigation, he was arrested Nov. 22, police said.
Tucker was charged with four counts of criminal mischief and was released on his own recognizance. He faces a Dec. 8 preliminary hearing.
No one was available in the South Detective Division on Thursday who could provide more details on the case, or who could say whether the defendant knew any of the alleged victims.
A woman who answered a home phone number listed for Tucker said Thursday that he was not available. She said she was Tucker's mother.
When asked if he had spray painted "Trump Rules" and "Black Bitch" on the SUV, the woman said she has a "counselor" who advised her not to say anything.
Asked which lawyer is representing Tucker, the woman then hung up the phone.
Tucker's court dockets indicate he is being represented by a public defender. No one was available to comment on the case at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.