Man accused of spray-painting racist graffiti on Spring Hill family’s home

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WKRN) – Spring Hill police arrested a Columbia man who is accused of spraying racially inappropriate words and symbols on a family’s home.

The police were notified on the morning of December 31st when the family woke up to find the N word and a swastika spray on the garage door of their home.

Thanks to surveillance cameras at home, police investigators quickly identified the suspect as 22-year-old Ian Grau from Colombia. Police tell News 2 that Gray is the ex-boyfriend of the woman who lives at home.

“If you wake up early in the morning at 6 a.m. and see something like this being sprayed on your house, it is alarming to the person and the neighbors because the neighbors don’t know what’s going on. It’s a big deal,” said Detective Mike Foster of the Spring Hill Police Department.

The bodycam from later that day shows officials putting a traffic stop on Graus Ford Mustang. He was quickly identified, handcuffed and charged with aggravated stalking, and vandalism
Intimidation of civil rights, which, according to Foster, amounts to a hate crime.

Robert Hill has lived in Spring Hill Ward, where the vandalism took place, for six years.

“We don’t tolerate such a thing here. This is a peaceful neighborhood. We didn’t have any problems out here at all. “

Hill says he saw pictures of the racially charged words and symbols and was proud of his neighbors for helping the family clean the garage door.

“As a black person, I was very offended. I was very offended. I wanted to know who did it and I’m glad they were arrested to crush it and we won’t tolerate that at all. “

News 2 has asked Grau for a comment, but he has not yet responded to our request.

“Obviously this type of crime will not be tolerated. Everyone deserves to live free of racially motivated incidents in this country, ”said Detective Foster.

Since this is viewed as a potential hate crime, the FBI is also investigating this case.

Gray is linked to yet another vandalism last summer, according to a Spring Hill Police report. The report reveals that the suspect was seen on camera with spray paint, which allegedly spray painted the driver’s door, side mirrors and license plate of a vehicle parked at home.

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