Suspect arrested after new Black Lives Matter mural defaced in Elizabeth City

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP/WAVY) – Elizabeth City Police said a suspect has been arrested and is facing charges after a mural that honors Andrew Brown Jr. was defaced a day after it was unveiled.

Jeremy Wayne Maggard, 32, of the 300 block of Rhonda Road in Elizabeth City, was arrested on Tuesday. He was charged with Injury to Real Property and Reckless Driving. Maggard was served at the magistrate’s office and given a $500 secure bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for August 26 in Pasquotank County District Court.

Maggard was released after posting a cash bond.

The Elizabeth City Police Department is still conducting a thorough investigation.  If anyone has any information, please contact the department at (252) 335-4321 or the Elizabeth City Crime Line at (252) 335-5555. All information will remain anonymous and strictly confidential.

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A Black Lives Matter mural drawn in honor of Andrew Brown Jr., a North Carolina man shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies, was damaged just one day after it was unveiled.

A Facebook video posted Sunday showed skid marks were left on the mural in Elizabeth City. The mural was unveiled Saturday, news outlets reported.

Artist Michael Little painted the mural in honor of Andrew Brown Jr., who was shot and killed by a Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office deputy on April 21. Authorities were attempting to serve drug-related search and arrest warrants at the home on Perry Street when Brown drove his vehicle away. He was fatally shot as the car was moving.

Councilman Darius Horton posted images of a truck on Monday he believes is responsible.

Elizabeth City police are investigating the damage to the mural and have reviewed the surveillance video.

Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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