Political Graffiti Arrest

FAIRFIELD — After requesting the help of the public and with the assistance of the media, Police received several tips which led to a potential suspect.

Fairfield Police Detectives discovered during the evening hours of 1/12/21, Emily Winters (65) of Pine Tree Lane, Fairfield,defaced the exterior walls of TJ Maxx, the foundation of the Tunxis Hill Corner Plaza and the driveway of McKinley School.Winters confessed to the vandalism when interviewed by Detectives.  

On 1/27/2021 Emily Winters turned herself in at Police Headquarters without incident after a Superior Court Arrest Warrant was issued.  She was charged with Criminal Mischiefand released with a promise to appear in court on Feb. 12, 2021.

We’d like to thank the residents of Fairfield, our colleagues in the media, as well as social media groups for their assistancewith identifying the person responsible. It’s our continued partnership with our community that allows the successful resolution in many of our cases.


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INITIAL RELEASE:

FAIRFIELD—On 1/13/2021 at 1:30pm, a Fairfield Board of Education employee reported a sidewalk on the McKinley Elementary School property located at 60 Thompson Street had been vandalized with spray paint.

Officers found the words “UNITED STATES OF CHINA” spray painted across the sidewalk and discovered the same phrase spray painted onto a snow mound in the rear of the school’s parking lot. Prior to the police response, Security and Facilities workers of the Fairfield Public Schools had already removed additional words spray painted on the sidewalk that read “BIDEN FOR SOCIALISM.”

Later in the evening police were also alerted to additional messages which were spray painted in similar fashion in various locations on the TJ MAXX building located at 425 Tunxis Hill Cutoff. These messages were of similar content of those found at McKinley School. It should also be noted that these two vandalized locations are geographically in close proximity to one another.

The Fairfield Police Department understands that this incident has caused a great deal of alarm and varying levels of concern for many living within our community and with that in mind police have been working diligently to identify the responsible individual(s). Along with our community, we too are disturbed by these actions. There is no tolerance for acts of hate in our community.

Anyone with information pertaining to these incidents are encouraged to please call the Fairfield Police Detective Bureau at (203)254-4840.

Anonymous tips may be sent by texting “FPD” plus your tip information to CRIMES (274637). Be sure to include the “FPD” keyword in your text message. You may also submit a tip online at www.fpdct.com/tips.

NOTE: These incidents are being investigated as acts of Vandalism. At this time, there is no evidence to support that the offense qualifies as a “Hate Crime” as defined by statute. As our original release noted, there is no tolerance for hate in our community and we stand by that statement. In such a politically divided time, it is important to understand the difference between exercising your constitutionally protected right of freedom of speech and those acts that constitute criminal activity such as vandalism fueled by one’s personal beliefs.