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Post-election vandalism suspects identified in Philadelphia

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 2, 2016 7:01 AM
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pumps his fist as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. President-elect Donald Trump inherits a much sturdier economy than the one Barack Obama took into his second term four years ago. Yet economic growth remains stubbornly sluggish and is expected to remain so. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Philadelphia) -- Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says a city attorney made a "dumb mistake" but remains employed for now after he was identified in surveillance footage that captured an anti-Donald Trump vandalism incident.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2gWyUec ) reports the footage captured Duncan Lloyd and a second man in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood on Nov. 25. Lloyd, dressed in a blue blazer and holding a glass of wine, is seen filming or taking photos while the second man spray paints an obscenity and "Trump" on the wall of a grocery store.

No arrests have been made.

First Deputy City Solicitor Craig Straw says, "We do not condone this type of behavior from our employees." He says the city "will decide on a course of action once we obtain more information" about the police investigation.

Lloyd did not return calls for comment from the newspaper.

In a separate case, police have arrested a New Jersey man in connection with the vandalism of several vehicles, homes and storefronts in south Philadelphia on the day following Trump's election as president.

Fifty-eight-year-old William Tucker of Lawnside, New Jersey, is charged with four counts of criminal mischief.

Police say Tucker spray-painted racist and pro-Trump messages in the area that serves as the border between the Bella Vista and Queen Village neighborhoods.

Surveillance video captured a man spray-painting the hood of a parked car on South Sixth Street around 5:00 a.m. on November 9. After committing more acts of vandalism, the suspect fled in an unknown direction.

Tucker was identified as a suspect after police received an anonymous tip on November 11.

It's unclear if Tucker has an attorney who could comment.

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