MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A man has ben charged in connection with vandalism done to the sign of Church of the Redeemer in Morristown on May 20, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.
Following an investigation, Klenti Allsuhi, 22, of Clifton turned himself in to Morristown Police Department on May 30 after allegedly seeing surveillance photos of himself released last weekend through the Crime Stoppers program, Carroll said.
The photos were of several individuals walking east on South Street on May 20, at around 1:26 a.m. Some in the group were observed hitting and/or damaging multiple signs as they traveled and ultimately entered two vehicles parked on Dumont Place, Carroll said.
He has been charged with third-degree criminal mischief and was released on summons. A subsequent investigation concluded that charges were not warranted for the other individuals, Carroll said.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office conducted an investigation into whether or not the vandalism should be considered a bias incident, as the sign was in close proximity to a series of rainbow flags set up outside of the church. It was determined the vandalism does not meet the criteria to be a bias-based or hate crime as the evidence established an intent only to damage property, Carroll said.
“Based on our investigation, we do not believe this defendant demonstrated conduct that is actionable but not indicative of a hate-based crime. I applaud the coordination between the Morristown Police Department, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and Crime Stoppers that led to this charge being filed. I thank Chief Richardson and his Department for their prompt response and Rev. Black for meeting and fully cooperating with my office, which greatly assisted in the investigation. I hope Morris County law enforcement’s combined response and thoroughness can put the community at ease,” McDonald said.