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A 60-year-old black man was arrested in Atlanta last month after he allegedly vandalized a historic Baptist church with spray-painted imagery of swastikas as a hanging.
Atlanta Police arrested James McIntyre on February 19 in connection to the vandalism after surveillance cameras caught him tagging Providence Missionary Baptist Church on Benjamin E. Mays Drive, according to Fox 5. Officials said that during the investigation, they found McIntyre sitting across the street from the scene of the crime.
McIntyre was charged with vandalism to a place of worship, and according to booking records, was released the following day.
According to 11 Alive, the front of the church was tagged with several messages including “devil worship 666,” “apostate,” “Satan,” “sin,” and at least one homophobic message. The main doors had a backward swastika and imagery of a hanging painted on them.
Atlanta Police said that McIntyre had been removed from the property the previous Sunday for trespassing.
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