Painting racial slurs on a newly opened restaurant is yet another sign that racism is alive and well even among younger generations of Americans.
A 33-year-old St. Louis County man faces felony vandalism charges in an incident police say was racially motivated.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Gregory M. Endsworth of St. John was charged with first-degree property damage after the owners of Mason's Chicken, Fish & More on St. Charles Rock Road discovered that someone had thrown a brick through the Breckenridge Hills restaurant's window and painted a racial slur on an outdoor sign within a week of its April opening.
Police say the vandal was caught on the restaurant's surveillance video. They identified Endsworth as the suspect by linking him to a pickup truck seen on camera.
Endsworth told police that restaurant owner Robert Mason owed him money from a previous business deal, but Mason said he didn't know Endsworth.
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