Two women in Maryland who lit a Trump sign on fire have been charged with multiple offenses, including second-degree arson and committing a hate crime, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said on Wednesday.
D’Asia R. Perry, of Baltimore, and Joy M. Shuford, of Owings Mills, both 19, have also been charged with a hate crime, according to the Baltimore Sun.
“The intentional burning of these political signs, along with the beliefs, religious views and race of this political affiliation, directly coincides with the victim,” a Princess Anne police officer wrote in charging documents to support the hate crime charge.
By committing arson, “in doing so, with discrimination or malice toward a particular group, or someone’s belief,” was the was reasoning for charging the women with a hate crime offense as well, said Caryn L. McMahon, deputy chief fire marshal.
The sign was owned by Robert Wink, who owns a store that sells hunting and fishing gear. His son, Jamie Wink, said the family supports the Trump administration but said the sign has also been good for the store, which sells firearms and hunting supplies.
The blaze, which started Friday, caused $800 in damage to the area. The sign has reportedly been stolen twice before and set on a fire a previous time.