Two arrested, charged in vandalism spree
Monroe police are still searching for the third suspect in a series of 27 vandalism incidents. From Thursday, Feb, 23 to Friday, Feb. 24, businesses and vehicles throughout the city were tagged with racial images and slang, causing thousands in damage. Swastikas were spray-painted on walls, along with the phrases “White Power”, “Chaos”, “Loony”, the numbers 1488 and the letters FTW and SWP.
Monroe officers arrested and charged two men with the crimes Saturday, Feb. 25. Nicholas Sutta, 32, of 750 W. Franklin St. in Monroe and Jamie Houchins, 33, of 1624 Secrest Shortcut Road in Monroe were both charged with 27 counts each of injury to real property and injury to personal property.
Officers are now searching for the third suspect in the incidents. Warrants have been obtained for Shawn Donald Pruitt, 37, of 1624 Secrest Shortcut Road in Monroe. Pruitt also faces 27 counts of injury to real property.
Information collected through the investigation, along with help from the public helped officers identify the suspects and collect enough to obtain warrants for their arrest.
Both Houchins and Sutta are in jail under a $10,000 bond. Police ask anyone with information regarding either the crimes or the whereabouts of Pruitt to call Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600.