WASHINGTON — Police have arrested a man they say has claimed responsibility for spray painting “Killing AAC Cops Coming Soon” in various spots.

Anne Arundel County police say they responded to the Ritchie Highway Shopping Center in Brooklyn just before 8 a.m. Tuesday for the report of vandalism. Upon arrival, officers found the words “Killing AAC Cops Coming Soon” on three separate exterior walls of the shopping center.

Officers canvassed the area and found additional vandalism at 200 Hammonds Lane on a directional sign which read, “Kill Cops.”

Investigation revealed 26-year-old Zachary Adam Shanor, of Baltimore, as the suspect. Police say he was already in custody on an unrelated shoplifting charge.

While investigating Shanor further, police say they noticed there was more graffiti spray painted on the street in the area of Upland Road between Camrose Avenue and Haile Avenue. Police say this graffiti also referenced killing cops and was only a few hundred feet from the his home.

Police say Shanor confessed to the vandalism incidents and has since been charged with six counts of malicious destruction of property and is currently being held on $30,000 bond.

“As we knew would happen from the beginning, this case was closed with a combination of good police work and with help from the folks in the Brooklyn Park community. The Anne Arundel County Police Department would like to thank the community for stepping up and helping us identify the suspect in this case before the situation could get truly dangerous,” says County Police Chief Altomare.

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