Suspect arrested in string of hate graffiti in Antioch

ANTIOCH, Calif. (KGO) -- A suspect has been arrested after a string of vandalism in Antioch left downtown buildings and churches covered with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Police say they received tips from several community members identifying Lawrence Phipps, 24, of Antioch as the suspect. A search of his residence revealed evidence that connected him to the crime, police said.

RELATED: Vandal covers downtown Antioch churches, buildings with swastikas and hate speech

At least 20 buildings in downtown Antioch were tagged with obscenities and vulgar phrases, including churches and city hall.

A mural on Fourth St. was also vandalized with swastikas and vulgarities.
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