Suspect arrested in San Francisco anti-Chinese graffiti

(KRON/Vickie S. Chau)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco police on Wednesday announced an arrest in a string of anti-Chinese taggings that sparked outrage among residents and on social media, and prompted a hate crime investigation.

Police arrested John Schenone on Tuesday.

Schenone has been charged with five counts of felony hate crime and five counts of felony vandalism.

The graffiti turned up over the weekend, according to police, with vandals spray painting the words “No more Chinese.” The graffiti was been reported in at least five locations, including in the Bayview District and in the Portola neighborhood.

Vickie Chau first posted a photo of a vandalized fence near McLaren Park on Sunday after she said her dad spotted the graffiti.

Supervisor Julie Christensen issued a statement saying the suspect was arrested on Tuesday night. She credited “the diligent and swift actions of our city staff.” Christensen said, “Disrespect for our fellow residents and visitors, especially based on ethnicity, is not and will not be tolerated in San Francisco.”

Police arrested John Schenone on Tuesday.

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