Police on lookout for vandals who spray-painted cars outside Trump rally in Bangor

Posted Oct. 15, 2016, at 6:44 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 17, 2016, at 10:11 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police said on Sunday that no one has been charged in connection with an act of vandalism that left several cars marked with white spray paint outside Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s Saturday rally in Bangor.

The investigation was ongoing Sunday and new information likely won’t be released until Monday, Sgt. Wade Betters of the Bangor Police Department said.

In a statement released Saturday, a Bangor police spokesman said that officers were “seeking witnesses and reviewing video” in the criminal mischief case at the New York City billionaire’s us-against-them speech blasting “ a rigged system” at the Cross Insurance Center.

More than 20 cars parked between the Bangor Raceway and Buck Street were hit with lines of white paint. Attendees said the owners of some of the cars appeared to drive off without noticing the vandalism.

Paul Foster, a painter and Trump supporter from Eastbrook whose van was painted, said the rally “couldn’t have been more peaceful,” but he blamed the vandalism on Trump opponents, saying “there ain’t no thinking about it, I know so.”

“Why can’t they do a peaceful protest instead of painting cars, all of this, to make their statement?” he said.

It wasn’t just Trump supporters who were affected: A rental car driven by Tim Hanlon was painted. Hanlon, who is from California, was in town and he went to “see what this idiot had to say and should have known not to come around.”

Also vandalized was a Toyota Prius driven by Rye Powell of Bangor, a Republican student from the University of Maine who said he’s leaning toward supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton. Powell went to the rally because he often sees political candidates of all stripes speak.

He said it’s unfortunate that vandalism affected Trump supporters who are “very quick to be victimized.”

“I do hope that they can find out who did this or at least the person who did this can come to some kind of personal conclusion that this isn’t how you change minds,” he said, “because I think the only thing that this will have is a reaffirming effect.”

BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

 

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated that Tim Hanlon said he is from Florida. He is from California.

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