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Ohio Man Arrested for Etching Racist Graffiti at Elementary School and Bomb Threats: Dayton Authorities

Ohio Man Arrested for Etching Racist Graffiti at Elementary School and Bomb Threats: Dayton Authorities

A Dayton resident has been charged for his alleged involvement in leaving offensive graffiti on a nearby school and making bomb threats.

A 62-year-old man named Paul Chirco was charged on Friday in Dayton Municipal Court with inducing panic and making false alarms. Dayton police announced on social media that they were submitting multiple felony charges to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

An affidavit has identified Chirco as the suspect in several cases of damaging DECA PREP elementary school in Dayton. According to investigators, Chirco allegedly caused damage to the rear door of the school in the early hours of June 16.

A few days later, on June 23, a staff member made a disturbing discovery – racist and threatening graffiti on the back door of the school. School administrators decided to review the video footage from the cameras, and to their surprise, they found that the same individual who had damaged the doors was also captured on camera. The person was even wearing the same clothing and approached the door at 1:18 a.m. on June 20, as revealed in the affidavit.

An affidavit revealed that the graffiti contained a bomb threat along with a derogatory racial remark, as well as the statement “Decca [sic] Academy sucks get out or die!”

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In the midst of it all, an officer looking into bomb threats at the RTA Bus Hub contacted the investigating detective regarding an individual who closely resembled the man captured in the video, according to court documents. The officer informed the detective about Chirco’s prior arrest for making threats.

Afterward, detectives proceeded to Chirco’s residence, where they encountered his brother. His brother positively identified Chirco in the still images extracted from the school video, as stated in the affidavit.

Chirco was discovered at Kettering Health Dayton, a location that has recently experienced several bomb threats, as stated by detectives. They also noted that he was still dressed in the same hat and shirt that he wore while creating the graffiti.

According to the affidavit, Chirco denied any wrongdoing during the interview. Additionally, there have been multiple criminal damaging complaints, some of which occurred at the same location, according to the police.

Chirco has been taken into custody and is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail. They are facing charges related to swatting, inducing panic, and making false alarms as per Dayton Daily News.

Swatting involves making a prank call to emergency services with the intention of causing a significant police response at a specific location.

As of now, Chirco remains in jail and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, as stated on the jail website.

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