Cops: Suspect said God told him to write graffiti on Ravenel Bridge

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Mt. Pleasant police arrested a man last week after he admitted to writing Christian graffiti on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge because, "God told him to do so."

According to the Mount Pleasant Police Department, patrolling officers received reports of pro-Christian phrases being written in chalk in the pedestrian lane of the bridge on Sept. 2. Officers responded to the scene and erased the writings, which included statements like:

"JESUS SAVES"
"JESUS CAN+WILL FORGIVE YOUR DARKEST SINS"
"GOD DESIRES A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU! SEEK HIM!"
"HE IS RISEN!"
"GOD LOVES U! YES U!"
and "SATAN IS A LIAR!"

Officers received more complaints last Friday and went to the bridge to remove the writings.  Police continued to patrol the bridge periodically throughout the day, and around 1:45 p.m. they noticed a person matching the description witnesses had provided the previous week.

As they continued towards the Charleston side of the bridge, officers said they noticed more graffiti. Officers said they then went back to the Mt. Pleasant side of the bridge and questioned the man, 52-year-old Glenn Allen Hair, of Daniel Island, who was shirtless and wearing shorts.  Officers asked the man to empty his pockets, and he pulled out a bag containing chalk.

Officers asked Hair if he was responsible for the religious graffiti, and Hair told them that he wrote the phrases and that "God told him to do so."

Police arrested Hair and he was transported to the Charleston County Detention Center.  He is charged with vandalism of property.

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