Lakeview bar seeks man who broke its windows, scrawled racist and anti-vax graffiti

A Lakeview bar is cleaning up after a man broke some of its windows, destroyed its patio, and scrawled racist and anti-vaccination graffiti on the storefront. And no one seems to know why Trader Todd’s, 3216 North Sheffield, was targeted.

“No employees recognize this guy,” said Betsy Shepherd, who was working with the bar’s management to spread word of the incident. “He is not a known customer or former employee.”

Surveillance images of a man that Trader Todd’s management said broke the bar’s windows and scrawled racist, anti-vax graffiti on its storefront. | Provided

Surveillance video showed the man sitting outside the bar before damaging the building around 4 a.m. Thursday, September 23.

At one point, the man used a pole to poke a security camera — then he took a moment to smile and wave at the lens. He used a marker to scrawl messages on other panes of glass.

“F*ck illegals” said one message. “Kill cancelled,” said another.

On a sign that announces the bar’s vaccination and masks requirements, he scribbled, “How will you get staff if you require a libtard vax? I hope you go broke.”

“F*ck Kamala! F*ck n*ggers,” another message said.

At one point, with his hoodie lowered, the man stopped to smile and wave.

Area Three detectives are investigating the case. Anyone with information about the man can contact them at 312-744-8263 about case #JE-383946

Shepherd provided these images of the man and the damage:

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