Man arrested after vandalizing East Providence police station

East Prov Vandal On Background

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- East Providence Police arrested a man after he was seen on camera vandalizing the police station early Friday morning.

Mitchell C. Lawson, 23, was seen spray painting the EPPD sign as well as a section of the building.

Police say Lawson also threw two large rocks through the front doors, shattering two panes.

He drove away shortly after committing the crime.

Police put a description of the car over the broadcast scanner. Lawson didn’t get far, as he was stopped by officers minutes later.

During the traffic stop, an officer found a can of black spray paint and some rubber gloves in the car. Lawson was arrested on the scene.

He is being charged with the following:

  • Two counts of Vandalism
  • Obstruction
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Driving with an expired license

Police believe that Lawson was motivated by the recent national incidents involving other police officers.

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