Takoma Park Man Arrested for Anti-LGBTQ+ Vandalism at PG County Libraries

Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) arrested and charged a Takoma Park man for vandalizing two public libraries with anti-LGBTQ+ graffiti during Capital Pride Week.  

Charles Sutherland, 30, is charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property and multiple hate crimes related to defacing the building, according to a PGPD press release. Police say Sutherland has confessed to the incidents. 

The vandalism incidents took place at the Greenbelt Branch Library on June 4 and at the New Carrollton Branch Library on June 9.  “The preliminary investigation revealed Sutherland spray-painted the word ‘groomer’ on the exteriors of both buildings,” PGPD said. 

Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) condemned the defacement of its libraries in a statement and said to be cooperating with police to ensure a full investigation takes place into the possible hate crime. 

“The Library will not waver in its commitment to maintaining welcoming spaces for LGBTQ+ customers and their allies. The Library is nationally recognized for its outreach and programs in support of LGBTQ+ inclusion through staff leadership and partnerships with a wide range of local government and non-profit partners,” PGCMLS said. 

Police encourage anyone with information on Sutherland to call 301-699-2601.

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