SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Just seven days before the 18 year anniversary of the horrific attacks of September 11th, police say an alleged conspiracy theorist desecrated a memorial dedicated to the thousands of lives lost, according to Western Mass News.
Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh said that police arrested 59-year-old James Carroll after he allegedly scratched “Liars”, “Murder 911 Scam” and “911 Scam” into the city’s memorial.
On the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a Springfield man was charged with scratching “liars” on the city’s new monument dedicated to the memory for the more than 3,000 people who lost their lives. https://t.co/I9WLWtuMa9
— masslivenews (@masslivenews) September 12, 2019
When Springfield police received information on Sunday that the memorial, which is located in Riverfront Park, had been vandalized, they immediately began looking for the person responsible.
After scrounging up security footage from the area and reviewing hours of video, officers found their man. They say that on Wednesday, September 4th at 2:30 a.m., Carroll was seen approaching and allegedly vandalizing the memorial.
According to Walsh, when officers were trying to identify the suspect from the security footage, another officer recognized Carroll almost immediately.
Police were able to serve an arrest warrant on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. in Sterns Square. A fitting day to bring justice to the vandal.
Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno applauded the department’s good police work.
“I am very appreciative of Acting Commissioner Clapprood and our men and women in blue’s quick work to apprehend this most disrespectful individual who had the audacity to desecrate this hallowed memorial that pays tribute to those first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice to save others on September 11th,” said Sarno.
Carroll now faces charges of defacement of real or personal property, according to the report from Western Mass News.
Clapprood added that “it was heartbreaking to see the damage done to this beautiful monument and worth the effort from our Detective Bureau, Officers and Crime Analysts to bring the person responsible for this horrific act to justice.”
Police in Geneva, New York have been investigating after they found that their 9/11 memorial had been vandalized just a few days earlier.
Assistant city manager Adam Blowers said police received a complaint that spray-painted “scribbles” were left on the memorial, though there didn’t seem to be anything specific written.
9/11 first responder memorial vandalized in upstate New York https://t.co/uR1nztG0qC
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) August 29, 2019
The memorial was installed in September 2016. It’s located on Long Pier on Seneca Lake.
Phillip Herrick is a Geneva resident, who told local media outlets that he doesn’t think the damage is significant.
“I think it’s kids being kids, doing stupid stuff,” he said. “I come down here all the time and find garbage left from damage done by kids.”
But the city isn’t taking it so lightly.
“To see something like that is really tough, because you know those people,” Blowers told local media. “The firefighters, the police officers, EMTs — all those first responders. And to have the work that they do be treated that way is sort of unfortunate.”
— The Hill (@thehill) August 29, 2019
Whatever the case, it’s sad to see these blatant displays of disrespect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Wednesday marked the 18th anniversary of the attacks.
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