CRIME

Cops: Man with white supremacist ties charged with graffiti

Police say a Pennsylvania man who in the past has claimed to be associated with white supremacist groups is jailed on charges he spray-painted graffiti including swastikas and racial epithets in several places near Philadelphia.

Coatesville police say 24-year-old George Rissell is charged with eight counts each of ethnic intimidation, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Police say the vandalism early Tuesday damaged the outside of a convenience store, a Mercedes Benz and a garage door.

Officials said the person or persons responsible then apparently went into neighboring Valley Township and left similar graffiti on street signs and the roadway.

Police say a surveillance photo they released of the suspect led to his arrest.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Rissell.

He remains in the Chester County jail unable to post $150,000 bond.