Police arrest suspect in 4 recent West Ashley vandalism incidents

Updated: Mar. 24, 2017 at 1:38 PM EDT
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Cainin Milton was interviewed by Live 5 News at the W.L. Stephens Aquatic Center regarding the...
Cainin Milton was interviewed by Live 5 News at the W.L. Stephens Aquatic Center regarding the graffiti (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with several cases of vandalism in the West Ashley area.

Cainin Milton, of Charleston, is charged with four counts of damage to real property from several vandalism cases that occurred between Feb. 19 and March 13, Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said.

Milton was one of several people Live 5 News interviewed following the announcement of the vandalisms.

"It's very disrespectful for some clown to come to the park that I grew up on… and see some disgusting remarks like that," Milton told a reporter March 13 at the W.L. Stephens Aquatic Center.

The vandalisms occurred at Forest Park Playground at 780 Playground Road, the W.L. Stephens Aquatic Center at 780 W. Oak Forest Drive, a home on Playground Road and the Cynthia Hurd Library at 1735 North Woodmere Drive, Francis said.

Officers responded to Forest Park Playground about 10 a.m. on Feb. 19 in reference to a racial slur spray-painted on a building.

On March 10, officers responded to the aquatic center about 7 a.m. and found that someone spray painted profanity and racial slurs on a rear storage shed and a basketball court.

On March 13 at about 6 a.m., officers responded to the home on Playground Road on a report of racial slurs spray-painted on the home and profanity on the owner's vehicle.

About three hours later, officers responded to the Cynthia Hurd Library in reference to profanity and racial slurs painted on the building and the walkway.

The investigation is ongoing, Francis said.

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