Hate crime charges filed in Uptown graffiti incidents

Heath Levey is charged with defacing brick posts and a garage in the Uptown area. | CPD; Google

A 51-year-old Uptown man is accused of drawing swastikas and other graffiti on a residential garage and brick pillar in the 800 block of West Eastwood on November 2nd, according to a police statement and CPD incident reports.

Heath Levey is charged with two felony counts of hate crime and three misdemeanor counts of criminal defacement of property. He lives in the 4200 block of North Clarendon, steps from where the chalk markings were found.

Chicago police today said images from a home surveillance system helped them identify Levey.

As CWBChicago reported last Saturday, one of the victims saw the person who drew the graffiti and described the offender as a white or Hispanic man who was walking a light-colored dog.

In addition to swastikas, police found chalk markings on a garage that said “CIA” and “CIA FU,” according to a police report.

A third resident found swastikas on their fence in the 800 block of West Junior Terrace the next morning.

Levey is due in bond court this afternoon.
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