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[Updated] Police Identify, Interview Man Who Wrote Anti-Trump Messages on West Hartford Playground

West Hartford Police have identified a 'person of interest' who wrote messages against the president on the Morley School playground. Screenshot of video released by West Hartford Police

[Updated, June 20] West Hartford Police have been able to identify the man in the video released Monday, and both police and U.S. Secret Service interviewed him Monday afternoon in connection with threats made against President Trump scrawled on the Morley School playground.

By Ronni Newton

Updated, June 20, 2017

West Hartford Police interviewed a man Monday afternoon whose image was captured in surveillance video of the Morley School playground.

“The person voluntarily came into the station and submitted to questioning,” Capt. Frank Fallon said. Police had received tips from the public as well as a call from the man after the video was widely circulated by local media.

According to Fallon, the U.S. Secret Service also interviewed the man at the the West Hartford Police station.

Fallon said that the man has not been charged yet, but said police will be submitting a request to the court for a warrant Tuesday, and expects it will be handled expeditiously.

The name of the man has not been released at this time because he has not been charged, Fallon said.

Original Story

Several areas of the Morley School playground were damaged with what West Hartford Police are calling “anti-Trump writings and threats directed at the president” Thursday night, and police have released surveillance video of a person of interest in the hopes that the public will be able to provide additional information for the investigation.

Police are seeking a suspect, shown in the video, who appears to be a balding white male in his 30s or 40s, who was observed riding his mountain bike on the premises at 10:29 p.m. Thursday, June 15. He was wearing a navy blue Red Sox t-shirt and khaki shorts, and had a small brown and white mixed-breed dog with him. In the video, the man can be seen stopping in front of a sign on the playground and appearing to write on it.

Lt. Eric Rocheleau said Monday that the messages were discovered by a student before school Friday morning by a student who immediately informed the principal. The graffiti was cleaned up right away, Rocheleau said.

Police did not disclose the exact nature of the writings or threats but are identifying the man as a “person of interest.”

Police ask that anyone with information on this suspect call West Hartford Police Department at (860) 523-5203.

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