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West Seattle anti-Gay graffiti suspect arrested
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West Seattle anti-Gay graffiti suspect arrested

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Ryan Cox, the man suspected of spraying anti-Gay graffiti in West Seattle, was arrested on December 17, according to the Seattle Police Department.

News of the arrest was announced by Seattle Police at SPDBlotter, which read, "Ryan Cox was arrested this morning by Southwest Precinct detectives near the intersection of 44th Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street. Cox was taken into custody without incident at around 8:30 a.m. He will be booked into King County Jail. The Seattle Police Department appreciates all of the public assistance in this matter."

The arrest came less than 24 hours after police released photos of Cox, 31, in which he was caught in the act marking or painting the same three-word anti-Gay slur. Over the past three months, Cox is suspected of defacing homes and businesses. In each case, it included a message of hate. According to SPD, Cox is a repeat graffiti vandal who has prior arrests for defacing property.

Paul Figueroa, an employee at Pet Elements in West Seattle, said Cox was targeting Gays. Figueroa says he's had to clean the store's windows several times to rid them of the anti-Gay message.

"How frustrating it is to see vulgarities when you come to work," Figueroa said. "I consider it a hate crime, it's foul, it's horrible for our customers."

According to news reports, The King County Jail Register shows Cox charged with five counts of property destruction and being in possession of a "dangerous weapon." According to Southwest Precinct Lt. Steve Paulsen, Cox was found carrying a "fixed-blade knife."

Cox is known to suffer from mental illness, police say.

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