PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula Police have arrested two black teens in connection with last week's vandalism and flag burning at a home on Jackson Avenue.
Bob Coman, an 85-year-old Korean War veteran, told WLOX News last week he was shocked to find someone had taken down his Mississippi state flag and burned it in his driveway. The words "Blacks Rule" were also spray painted across the driveway.
Pascagoula Police Department Investigator Captain Shannon Massey initially said police weren't ready to label this a hate crime because they hadn't established a suspect or a possible motive. Monday, Massey was only able to say that the case had been turned over to Jackson County Youth Court. So it still wasn't clear exactly what charges the teens could face.
Several viewers who saw Coman's story quickly replaced his flag and helped clean up the mess the vandals left behind. And it was a tip from the public that helped investigators identify one of the suspects.
Captain Massey said during the course of this investigation, Detective Michael Wiggins also solved an arson case, seven commercial burglaries, and one residential burglary. Three other juveniles were also arrested in connection to those cases.
All the young people, including the two 16-year-old boys accused in the flag burning, have been turned over to Jackson County Youth Court.