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Police Make Arrest in Concord Racist Graffiti Case

Raymond Stevens of Pembroke has been charged with criminal mischief, special felony.

Raymond Stevens was arrested on Oct. 15, 2013. Credit: Concord Police Department
Raymond Stevens was arrested on Oct. 15, 2013. Credit: Concord Police Department
Concord Police have arrested a man that they believe was involved in a number of racist graffiti incidents in the South End of Concord in 2011 and 2012.

Raymond Stevens aka Raynard Stevens, 42, of Pembroke, was arrested on Oct. 15, and charged with criminal mischief, special felony. He refused bail and will be arraigned later today. 

UPDATE: Police Chief: Graffiti Vandal Faces 10-30 Years

The incidents first occurred in September 2011, when graffiti was scrawled on the side of homes on Perley and Downing streets in Concord where New African Americans were living. A number of press updates were issued about the case as police tried to find the person responsible for the graffiti. 

The Concord community also came together in the wake of the incident, forming the Love Your Neighbor coalition, in an effort to dampen the effects of the graffiti on the community. 

A second incident hit the home of a family on Thompson Street in August 2012.

More Love Your Neighbor events were held in the city in the wake of the second incident

In all three incidents, police allege that Stevens was "motivated to commit the crime because of hostility towards the victims’ race and national origin." Stevens, the police noted, lived in the South End at the time of the incidents. 

The department will hold the press conference at 3 p.m.

Concord NH Patch will have an update later today after the press conference.
Penny_D October 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM
i am suprised they made an arrest in this case. The real story is how the community responded.
thalesinmobile October 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM
I get the special felony for the racist vein of the graffiti. But where is the felony for property damage is or is that reserved only for the GOP and barely a sentence painted? Did it not takes THOUSANDS (or because this was multiple time) TENS OF THOUSANDS to clean up.
Benjamin Michael Hunsaker October 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM
He was targeting Concord residents, with phrases like 'go home, you are not welcome here,' yet he didn't even live in Concord himself!? What an idiot scumbag! He is not welcome in Concord, for sure.
Johnny Drama October 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM
"Stevens, the police noted, lived in the South End at the time of the incidents. "
Augustin Ntabaganyimana October 15, 2013 at 01:22 PM
I trusted Chief Duval when he said "we will get him". Go CPD!
JWP October 15, 2013 at 01:30 PM
If he is found guilty, I hope they sentence him to the fullest extent allowed. But yes, I agree with Penny that the real story is the way the community (including then-Governor Lynch and many others) responded.
Jen Mazzei October 18, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Great job CPD in the relentless search in finding this guy/low-life! I am proud of Concord for the way that all the communities pulled together. These kinds of cowardly acts won't be tolerated here.

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