The culprit in what was initially believed to be a pro-Trump, anti-black act of vandalism in South Philadelphia earlier this month turns out to be a 58-year-old black man.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, William Tucker faces four charges related to the case. Police say that on Nov. 9, the day after Trump was elected, Tucker sprayed “Trump Rules” and “Black Bitch” on a white SUV owned by his 62-year-old neighbor, a black woman.
A tipster called police on Nov. 11 and identified Tucker. He was arrested on Nov. 22 and charged with four counts of criminal mischief. He was released on his own recognizance and will have a preliminary hearing on Dec. 8, The Inquirer reports.
The incident was covered on the news before it was known that the graffiti artist was black.
The Inquirer interviewed the victim of the vandalism. She said that she had several positive encounters with white people who were upset based on their assumption that the vandal was white.
“Who would do such a thing? We’re not like that,” one white woman told the victim.
“Don’t be broken about this,” the victim responded.
The case is one of a spate of hate crime hoaxes that have occurred across the nation since Trump’s electoral victory.
A list of other incidents can be found here.