A 41-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday and was being held on $1,000 bail for carving the words “white pride” into the sidewalk in front of a black-owned fitness center in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Mahagany Teague, 41, was charged of committing vandalism of less than $1,000 in front of DC Fitness and held at the Washington County Detention Center.
The owner of the gym, Derrick Carson, said he arrived at work at 5 a.m. Monday morning to discover the scrawl. He alerted police and reviewed security camera video to allegedly discover Teague had used a rock to etch the words into the pavement, Carson told ABC-network affiliate WJHL of Johnson City.
“To put this type of effort in, and then to show up one day out of many, to show up any day to this is disheartening, this time it kind of hit me in an emotional spot, it kind of got to my heart and I had to close myself up in the office for a minute,” he said.
The incident was only the latest report in a series of possible “hate crime” hoaxes.
A Mississippi man has been arrested and charged with insurance fraud and evidence tampering after he claimed he awoke one morning to find his two cars spray-painted with racist graffiti and the word “Trump.”
Trumaine Foster was arrested and charged with insurance fraud and tampering with evidence on Feb. 28 in the Memphis, Tennessee, suburb of Southaven, Mississippi. That was more than three weeks after he called police in the to report his car and pickup truck had been vandalized.
His truck was emblazoned in two places with the N-word and the car was spray-painted with the phrase “Leave [N-word]” and “Trump.”
Southaven police did not definitively say Foster was responsible for the graffiti, Memphis CBS-network affiliate WREG reported.
In another case near Atlanta, police arrested former NFL player Edawn Coughman, 31, in September for allegedly staging a hate crime at his own restaurant and ice cream shop.
According to Gwinnett County police, Coughman trashed his businesses and spray-painted “MAGA” as well as swastikas and slurs on the walls to make it appear he was the victim of a racially motivated burglary. He was charged with false reporting of a burglary, insurance fraud and concealing a license plate.
The most notorious case is that of former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
He claimed in January 2019 that two men threw a noose around his neck and poured chemicals on him on a dark Chicago street while yelling racist and homophobic slurs and expressing support for President Donald Trump.