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Norman police announce arrest in racist graffiti incident

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News | Apr 3, 2019

Racist graffiti found at Norman school and Democratic office

NORMAN — A 45-year-old woman was arrested Thursday afternoon, accused by police of spray-painting racist and homophobic comments at multiple buildings, including two tied to the Democratic Party in Oklahoma.

Allison Christine Johnson was arrested Thursday afternoon by Norman police on a complaint of making “terroristic threats,” officials said. She was booked into the Cleveland County jail just after 6 p.m.

Johnson, a Norman resident, is a registered Republican, according to Oklahoma State Election Board voter registration records.

On Wednesday, Norman police were notified of graffiti, including swastikas and racial slurs, found at the offices of the Cleveland County Democratic Party Headquarters, Norman’s Firehouse Art Center and McKinley Elementary School.

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On March 28, similar graffiti was found in Oklahoma City on properties that housed the offices of the Oklahoma Democratic Party and the Chickasaw Nation.

Both Oklahoma City and Norman police have said they believe the same person was behind the incidents.

Norman police officials said Johnson is the only suspect in connection with the graffiti.

Johnson went to a Norman police station Thursday afternoon and surrendered to police, officials said. No other information about Johnson’s arrest, including what she told police, was released.

Oklahoma City police officials Thursday evening said they were pleased Johnson was in custody and that she would face charges for the "hate crime incidents" in Oklahoma County.

Josh Wallace

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