Douglas County, Colorado, investigators are actively searching for a vandal responsible for spray-painting the word “groomers” on county fairgrounds property and vehicles. The incident occurred ahead of community PrideFest activities last week and is being treated as a bias-motivated crime. A deputy discovered the graffiti vandalism on Friday at approximately 7 a.m., just before the start of PrideFest events.
Surveillance cameras at the fairgrounds captured images of a suspect wearing a blue sweatshirt, tan pants, and a face mask while spray-painting the graffiti. Sheriff Darren Weekly condemned the act, stating that the county stands united against hate speech and bias-motivated actions. He assured the public that the authorities will not tolerate such behavior and that detectives are diligently working to identify the perpetrator.
The annual PrideFest event, which took place on August 26, was intended to promote inclusivity and acceptance. Despite the incident, organizers had set up a designated “free speech area” at the fairgrounds. Protestors were present during the event.
Authorities are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact investigators via an anonymous tip line via Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Valuable information leading to the resolution of the crime may be eligible for a cash reward.