Police Looking For Man Accused Of Burning American Flags

Police say the man is between the ages of 22 and 30. Anyone with information is asked to call EPD.

Posted: Aug 6, 2020 7:19 PM
Updated: Aug 7, 2020 8:22 AM

"We have three different cases, of desecration of a United States Flag, three different locations on the southeast side of town" says Sgt. Nick Winsett with the Evansville Police Department.

Police say all of the homeowners live within one mile of each other.

Tuesday night, detectives say surveillance video in the 2200 block of Hawthrone Ave. captured a man between the ages of 22 and 30, setting an American Flag on fire.

"Two of these cases the flag was attached to the house, so the house could have burned as well, and there were families inside" says Sgt. Winsett.

"Its just wrong, people should be able to hang the American Flag up outside of their home, this is just wrong it is going on" says Evansville homeowner Sherry Purritt.

Purritt says she loves this country, the grandmother is a die hard republican, the woman lives in the 2000 block of South Boeke, the grandmother thinks her home was targeted.

"They need to be prosecuted, I am an American, I should be able to hang a flag outside of my home, someone could burn up in their home, its that bad" adds Purritt.

Wednesday night a suspect entered the backyard of a home on Kathleen Ave. passing a flag attached to the house, torching an American Flag on the Garage.

Right now police do not have any suspects, anyone with information is asked to contact the crime tip hotline.

"Its a class A misdemeanor, even though in my opinion we take that personally, the other officers take it personal as well it is the American Flag" says Sgt. Winsett.

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