Corbin man charged after residents find racially charged vandalism

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

CORBIN, Ky (WYMT) - One of the victims said her sense of security is gone.

A Corbin man faces charges following a racially charged vandalism spree.

The words "go die" are spray painted on the dumpster near Taylor Smith's home.

"It kind of creeps me out when there are cars behind me now because I am like I do not know who it is. I do not know if I can trust anybody or anything around me anymore," said Smith.

Vandals spray painted Smith's car, house and dumpster with racial slurs early Saturday morning.

"It is always going to be on my mind now because I cannot put it away. It is not like one of those things that just happened and oh it is over with. It is not like that. It is just going to always be there now," said Smith.

Smith's mother, Michelle Church, said the situation is shocking.

"We have been here 11 years. I have three biracial children. We have never had anything like this happen to us before. They are good kids. They get along with everybody," said Church.

Corbin police said what happened to Smith and her family was not a localized incident.

In fact, they say they have gotten reports of vandalism from all over Corbin.

Police arrested Aron Bryant in connection to the vandalism.

"He is going to be charged with criminal mischief first and criminal mischief second just for the Knox County side. They are still investigating it for the crimes that happened on the Whitley County side also," said Bryant.

But for Smith, that does not necessarily fix what was taken from her.

She said they took her sense of security and love for her car.

"I do not want nothing to do with it. Everybody is like, 'It is not the car's fault'. I know it is not the car's fault, the car did not do it. But this is like my pride and joy and I have a job so I can pay for this thing. I do not know why somebody would want to mess with it," said Smith.

Smith and her family have started cleaning up the paint.

Two people identified Bryant as the one responsible for the vandalism.

Jones said they are not facing any charges but the investigation is still ongoing.

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