Swastika spray-painting suspect identified, arrest warrant out

CENTER CITY — Philadelphia police have announced who they’re looking for after officers responded to reports of vandalism along four blocks of Market Street.

Sunday morning, May 17, they reported finding

  • one swastika along with the word “Rome” spray-painted on a newsstand on the 1900 block,
  • two swastikas spray-painted on the pillars of a property on the 2000 block, and
  • one swastika spray-painted on a vacant property on the 2300 block.
Photos courtesy Philadelphia Police Department

Police have been calling the vandalism a hate crime since the start.

Now, they’re identified the suspect as Joseph Arrison, 33 and set to turn 34 on Saturday, homeless and believed to be living in Center City-area shelters. Arrison is 5’10” tall and weighs 180 lbs.

Photos courtesy Philadelphia Police Department

“Acts of hate will not be tolerated in our city,” Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said on Sunday. “Our detectives are actively investigating these heinous acts, and those responsible will be held accountable. We have also advised our stakeholder partners of these incidents, and will continue to update them on the status of the investigation. Together, we will condemn these types of acts, and promote healing and tolerance among all communities.”

Police ask that if you see Arrison to call 911, or the Central Detective Division at 215-686-3093. Police also have an anonymous Tip Line.

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