Cops: Former animal society president spits soup on car multiple times

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department has arrested the former Charleston Animal Society president who is accused of spitting soup multiple times on a car belonging to a former board member.

Investigators arrested 56-year-old Charles Karesh on Thursday and charged him with malicious injury to a person.

On Dec. 27, police met with the victim at a home on Cumberland Street regarding vandalism to his car.  The victim said on Christmas Eve and on several other occasions, someone spit what appeared to be soup on the trunk of his car which caused minor damage to the paint of the vehicle.

According to investigators, the victim hired a private investigator who videotaped Karesh vandalizing the victim's vehicle on at least one occasion.

Karesh stepped down from the Charleston Animal Society in 2011 after a criminal investigation uncovered $69,000 was taken from the organization.

The victim said he believed that Karesh may be holding a grudge against him for that case.

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