— — A billboard outside Saint Louis University’s school building in downtown Vandalia was vandalized early Wednesday, and police say it was likely a hate crime.
The vandalism of the Vandalias banner, located at 518 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., happened around 5 a.m. in the vicinity of the intersection of Martin Luther, S.L., Blvd.
and South Lamar Boulevard.
The Vandalies banner is a large, white, blue and red banner that reads, “Happy Holiday” and is located in the front of the school.
It was painted over this past weekend and was in the process of being replaced with a new banner when it was vandalised.
The new banner, however, was still vandalized.
“I believe the vandalism was done by a hate-filled individual.
I’m not saying it was the work of a white supremacist, but I think it was an act of hate,” said Vandalius Police Chief Todd Womack.
Police say the suspect in the vandalism is still on the loose.
He is described as a black male, about 20-years-old with a thin build, short hair, and short brown hair.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Vandals Homicide Unit at 816-442-8585.