31-year-old Edawn Louis Coughman was arrested on Thursday and charged with misrepresenting a crime, insurance fraud and concealing a license plate, the police said in a statement.
Officials responded to the scene for the first time after a caller reported someone in Create & Bake Pizza and Coughman's Creamery damaged the business. The witness also reported that the suspect drove a black car without a license plate.
The authorities confronted Coughman, the owner of the company, after they saw him drive the vehicle described nearby, the police said. They noticed "several televisions on the back of the truck and in the cabin," some of which "were still attached to the brackets with damaged drywall walls," the police said. [1
When they entered the store, the officers saw several words and graffiti symbols on the walls and pillows in black spray paint, police said. They also saw "racist words", swastikas and the word "MAGA".
"Several cushions were cut open and they also found broken mirrors, cut wires, and a damaged video surveillance system.The smell of spray paint was very fresh.When the officers touched it, the paint looked wet," the police said.
CNN has repeatedly attempted to reach Coughman by phone and e-mail, but has not received a response. He was released on Bond Thursday. Information about Coughman's lawyer was not immediately available.
Coughman told the police that he had noticed the damage earlier in the day and called his insurance company to report the damage, but did not call 911, the statement said.
Following his arrest, the police found in his vehicle a yellow crowbar and cans of black spray paint.
"It appears that Edawn has made a deliberate plan to damage his own property, make it hate crime, file a lawsuit with his insurance company, and sell the undamaged devices and electronics," the police said.