PARIS, Ky. (FOX 56) — The individual responsible for vandalizing multiple businesses in Paris has been apprehended, according to police.
The Paris Police Department said hard work from officers and help from citizens led to the juvenile suspect being charged on Tuesday evening.
Paris has seen a lot of vandalism in recent weeks with graffiti popping up all over.
Who is responsible is unclear but residents like Chris Boone of the Boone Ministry Project are taking it upon themselves to help clean up the vandal’s work.
“The first one we did took two people about three hours,” Boone said. “A lot of pressure washing, a lot of chemicals so it is pretty intense labor.”
From the moment Boone saw the graffiti in his hometown, he knew he had to do something.
“It just didn’t sit well with me,” said Boone. “It was on my mind all day. The little town of Paris is a special place to me. So I had reached out to the owner of the drug store and asked if my ministry could serve them by removing the graffiti.”
Boone has gone as far as offering a $500 reward for information about the people responsible, but not for why you would probably think.
“I wanted to try to maybe find out who vandalized the building before the police had gotten a hold of them to maybe possibly help them get on the right track,” Boone said.
Boone believes the graffiti may stem from bitterness or a sense of loneliness.
He would know, having dealt with his own demons in life.
“I was a runaway starting at 14 years old and that just followed me through most of my life,” Boone described. “I battled through a 26 year addiction, almost lost my life but I found Christ and turned my life around and came back to my home town and started a ministry.”
If he does meet those responsible, Boone said he has plans in place to help them.
“I think my first goal would be to possibly work beside them in some community service,” Boone explained. “It seems the best place to strike up conversation. They need to be heard, they need to be listened to and I feel like pointing out their gifts and talents and showing them that they have worth and value, I think that’s the biggest part of it.”
When FOX 56 reached out to the Paris Police Department, they said they will be making an announcement on Thursday regarding the vandalism.