Atlanta Police Arrest Man Suspected of Spray-Painting Swastikas on Rainbow Crosswalks in City
August 24, 2022
Police arrested last Friday a man suspected of spray-painting multiple Nazi swastikas on rainbow crosswalks in Atlanta, Georgia, in two separate incidents over a three-day span.
The crosswalks are located at the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue in the Midtown neighborhood, in front of the site of Atlanta’s first LGBTQ+ bookstore.
The alleged perpetrator, 30-year-old Jonah Simpson, was taken into custody without incident after a SWAT team was called to his apartment.
He was subsequently granted bond, but remained in Fulton County Jail as of Monday morning, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
It is also believed Simpson graffitied a monument at the Federal Reserve Building in Atlanta.
Surveillance footage of the vandalism of the crosswalks can be viewed here:
APD investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify a person responsible for vandalizing the Rainbow Crosswalk in Midtown ATL. Investigators believe the same person is responsible for two incidents occured: 08/17/22 & 08/19/22. Call Crime Stoppers 404-577-TIPS (8477) pic.twitter.com/66QPZaJeOm
— Atlanta Police Department (@Atlanta_Police) August 19, 2022