An Ebensburg man has been accused of vandalizing two Windber Borough businesses and a Paint Township police officer’s truck.
Police said James Richard McDonald Jr., 46, Manor Drive, caused more than $2,300 worth of damage overnight Nov. 29. He has been charged by Paint Township police with criminal mischief, retaliation and disorderly conduct.
Police said McDonald painted swastikas and a racially-charged message on the side of Muha Dental’s building, located along Graham Avenue in Windber. McDonald told police that he vandalized the dental office after he was charged $25 for canceling an appointment, according to an affidavit of probable cause. The damage was estimated at about $634.
Police said McDonald went to the Windber Hotel where he carved a swastika into the windshield of a motorcycle belonging to the bar’s co-owner, Scott Penrod. The motorcycle’s seat was cut with a knife. A basement door at the establishment was kicked in and carved with racial slurs as well. McDonald told police that he caused the damage because he was kicked out of the bar on Halloween, according to an affidavit. The damage was estimated at about $1,290.
McDonald also drove to the Paint Township Police Department building, located along Basin Drive, and carved a swastika into the passenger side door of police Officer John Rice’s personal vehicle, police said. The damage to the truck was estimated at $633.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Jan 28 before District Judge Joseph Cannoni in Windber.
McDonald was arrested by the Johnstown police and is being held in Cambria County Prison on $1,000 bond.
$150,000 and the arson