Woman Arrested for Tagging Vulgar Language, Anarchy Symbols on Downtown Buildings

January 8, 2018, 1:54 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — A 33-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with six counts of damage to real property after she tagged multiple downtown buildings with vulgar language and anarchy symbols.

On Saturday, January 6th, officers were called out to 67 Washington Street in reference to a woman who was observed spray painting various structures in the downtown Charleston area. Upon arrival, police stopped a white female wearing dark clothing, black gloves, black boots and a skull cap with several pins.

The suspect also had a grey backpack in her possession.

A witness was able to verify that the suspect, later identified as Makenzie Leigh Ruppe, was the person seen tagging several nearby buildings. She was then detained by officers.

According to an incident report, Ruppe told officers that she had spray paint cans in her possession because she “was an art student, and was working on a canvas.”

The report also states that Ruppe had black spray paint on her pants and face.

Officers began searching the area for additional vandalism markings. They observed several locations which had anarchist writings and symbols, all of which was in similar handwriting and fresh black spray paint.

Officials say the taggings followed a trail leading from the Ruppe’s current location back to her residence on Reid Street.

Some of the tagged areas include:

– TD Bank at 40 Calhoun Street was tagged with “Kill Capitalism, Kill Cops” and anarchy symbols.

– A home located at 6 Charlotte Street was tagged with an anarchy symbol.

– New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church at 22 Elizabeth Street was tagged with “Kill Cops” in two separate locations and included an anarchy symbol.

– A home located at 20 Charlotte Street was tagged with “Fuck HM”.

– A home located at 69 Washington Street was tagged with “Fuck Cops” on the front of the house.

– Cobb Architects located at 67 Washington Street was tagged with “Kill Cops.”

Because police had a witness and Ruppe freely admitted to committing three of the vandalism tags, officers had probable cause to charge the suspect. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Al Cannon Detention Center.

Ruppe’s bond was set at $12,750.