Takoma Park Man Arrested for Vandalizing Two Public Libraries; Charged With Hate Crimes

A Takoma Park man was arrested Thursday and charged with malicious destruction of property and multiple hate crimes for vandalizing public libraries in Greenbelt and New Carrollton.

“Prince George’s County Police detectives charged a man for vandalizing two public libraries in the county,” PGPD said in a news release. “These incidents occurred at the Greenbelt Branch Library and the New Carrollton Branch Library. The suspect is 30-year-old Charles Sutherland of Takoma Park.

“The preliminary investigation revealed Sutherland spray-painted the word “groomer” on the exteriors of both buildings. The vandalism at the Greenbelt location occurred on June 4, 2022, and on June 9, 2022, at the branch in New Carrollton.

“The PGPD assumed the investigation into these incidents on June 15, 2022. Sutherland is charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property and multiple hate crimes related to defacing the building. He has confessed to the incidents.

“Anyone with information on Sutherland is encouraged to call (301) 699-2601. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.) Please refer to case number 22-0028883.  

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