Police have identified a juvenile suspect accused of spray painting anti-police messages in Maynard, Massachusetts.
Maynard police have declined to name the minor, but say that they have obtained a full confession from the 17-year-old.
“We don’t want it to escalate where other people feel emboldened because they see that somebody else did it,” said Maynard Police Chief Mark Dubois.
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Sometime between 11 p.m. on Thursday and 6 a.m. on Friday, police said three anti-police messages were spray painted in locations across town.
One, located at CVS on Main Street, read "Down to Die." Another, behind the Paper Store on Nason Street, said "Kill Pigs." The third, "Kill Cops Now," was left at the Mill and Main complex on Main Street.
"These are extremely disturbing messages that we are taking very seriously," Chief Dubois said. "This is no simple prank. It's a threat not only to this department, but to the community as a whole."
He said whoever is behind the graffiti will be held responsible "to the fullest extent of the law."
Currently, police believe the youth was emboldened by the current political climate and not affiliated with any criminal organizations.