Man charged with painting slur at new restaurant

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Gregory M. Endsworth

BRECKENRIDGE HILLS, MO. (AP) — 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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