Jonah Sampson, a 30-year-old black man accused of spray-painting swastikas on Atlanta’s gay pride rainbow crosswalk, was arrested by Atlanta police Friday after a confrontation five hours with a SWAT team.
A spray-painted swastika was found at the gay pride crosswalk on Wednesday, prompting the Atlanta Department of Transportation to arrive on the scene and quickly clean it up. However, the symbol was also found on the crosswalk on Friday, this time alongside an anti-gay slur.
A black male suspect has been identified for the repeated vandalism of the Rainbow Crosswalk in Atlanta, Ga. Jonah Sampson allegedly sprayed swastikas. He was arrested following a confrontation with the police. Many leftists on social media blamed white supremacists.https://t.co/iIPYH1NSqU pic.twitter.com/RrLvhqFM1y
— Andy Ngo 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) August 23, 2022
Atlanta police believe Sampson is also responsible for spray painting similar symbols at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Sampson faces three counts of second-degree criminal damage to property, one count of criminal trespass and one felony charge of interference with government property, Fox News reported.
Sampson remains in custody on $77,500 bond on all charges, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
Local authorities tried to arrest Sampson at an apartment on Friday around noon, but he wouldn’t leave the scene. As a result, Atlanta Police SWAT teams were deployed to the scene. Sampson finally left the apartment around 5 p.m.
Atlanta installed the rainbow crosswalk in 2016 after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, left 49 people dead.