Update (8 a.m. Monday) — A man who has repeatedly returned to a house to vandalize a Black Lives Matter sign at a house has been identified after the residents released photos last week.
Four times over the past year, a man walked up to the porch of a house on the 100 block of Cascadilla Street in Ithaca and spray painted the sign. Most times, he spray painted a blue “B,” which some believed stood for Blue Lives Matter. The residents have a camera and have video of the incidents.
The residents of the house are Alderperson Ducson Nguyen and Amber Gilewski.
Though the vandal has been identified, Nguyen and Gilewski are not planning to press charges. Instead, Nguyen said they plan to sit down with the man along with another neighbor and a member of Black Lives Matter.
Nguyen said they’re not looking to change his mind, but he hopes he will at least listen and consider another perspective.
An opportunity to teach this misguided person what BLM means and why it’s important https://t.co/QUp4lmZ6oD
— Ducson Nguyen (@duc2ndward) August 11, 2018
Earlier version published Aug. 10. —
ITHACA, N.Y. — A vandal has been caught on camera spray painting a Black Lives Matter sign at a home in Ithaca four times. The residents are hoping the public can help identify the vandal who has been targeting their signs.
The residents are Alderperson Ducson Nguyen and Amber Gilewski, who live on the 100 block of Cascadilla Street in Ithaca. The most recent in a series of incidents was Thursday, Gilewski said. The first time their Black Lives Matter sign was vandalized was May 22, 2017. The man also spray painted the sign July 8 and 21 of this year.
The man typically spray paints a blue “B” over the sign. Gilewski said she didn’t know what that could mean at first, but friends have suggested it likely stands for “Blue Lives Matter.”
Replacing the sign is not the issue, Gilewski said, it’s the principal of it.
“My concern is not for me, but for people in the community,” she said. “If this is how he’s reacting to a Black Lives Matter sign, how is he treating people in the community?”
Because the man always vandalizes the sign in the early morning, around 5 a.m., Gilewski and Nguyen suspect the man either lives nearby or works downtown. Most times he has also come on bike. In some photos he is wearing a helmet.
Nguyen and Gilewski have filed a police report.
Jamie Williamson, public information officer for the Ithaca Police Department, said he hasn’t received other reports of Black Lives Matter signs being vandalized. Someone who vandalizes a sign on someone’s property, depending on where the sign is, could face charges of criminal mischief or trespass, Williamson said.
So far, no one has been caught, but with the clear images and video taken Thursday, Nguyen and Gilewski are hopeful someone will be able to identify the man. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department 607-272-9973.