7th arrest made in Dubberly racist graffiti spree

DUBBERLY, LA (KSLA) –Webster Parish deputies have arrested a 7th suspect in the Dubberly, Louisiana vandalism case.

Deputies identify the latest suspect as 18-year-old Casey Harlon of Heflin. According to authorities, Harlon turned himself in Friday and confessed to damaging property across the town.

Six others were arrested just Thursday. According to the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office, the arrests came after reports Wednesday of several South Webster Parish mailboxes being bashed.

Those arrested are: 20-year-old Craig Bourn, 19-year-old Brandon Bookston, 19-year-old Brandon Deloach, 19-year-old Jeffrey Anderson, 18-year-old Dustin Butler and 18-year-old Ethan Harris.

Deputies say that after arresting Bourn, detectives were able to learn of several other teens involved in both the mail bashing incidents and the sign vandalisms.

Back on November 25th, Webster Parish deputies say seven signs were spray painted with crude, inappropriate pictures, language and symbols of racism.

Now those arrested in connection to the vandalism, include Butler, Anderson, Deloach, Bookston and Bourn. They each now face charges of felony criminal damage to property and hate crime charges.

The group reportedly also damaged the Dubberly Town Hall.

Harris, according to deputies was arrested with the group, but his charges are not related to the vandalism, he's allegedly solely responsible for the mailbox bashing.

Sheriff's investigators have also tied these men to another similar incident in Bienville Parish, and hope these arrests and resulting charges will help to put a stop to this type of crime.

The penalties for these charges carry up to a $1000 fine and up to two years in jail per count for felony criminal damage to property, and up to a $5000 fine and up to five years in jail per count for hate crimes.

The men were transported and booked at Webster's Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center, and the seventh arrest is expected to come soon.

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