Arrest Made in Connection With Swastika Vandalism of Interracial Couple’s Home in Ohio

Joe and Pat Jude
Joe and Pat Jude

Police confirmed Wednesday night that an arrest has been made in connection with the Thanksgiving vandalism of an interracial couple’s home in the East Price Hill neighborhood.

Samuel Whitt has been charged with breaking and entering and vandalism, both felonies that will be elevated with hate crime specifications, Lt. Steve Saunders said.

Saunders said Whitt was arrested Friday and his case will be presented to a grand jury Thursday.

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Interracial couple Joe and Pat Jude said they returned to their rental home after Thanksgiving to find spray-painted swastikas, the words “white power” scrawled on the walls and doors, and cement poured down the pipes.

According to the couple’s GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the insurance deductible, someone climbed into the window of the upstairs floor between Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 28 and proceeded to damage the house.

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SOURCE: USA Today; The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cameron Knight