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EXPLICIT LANGUAGE WARNING: Racist graffiti found on south Toledo home, suspect arraigned

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(WARNING: The video below that originally was posted on Facebook contains explicit language.)

A woman posted a Facebook live video on Saturday afternoon in which she says someone painted racist graffiti on a property she had listed for sale.

The video shows the spray painted messages "[N-word]s keep out" and "Hail Trump."

The home is on Ogden Avenue in south Toledo.

Police tweeted on Saturday night around 11 p.m. that a suspect was in custody for the vandalism.

The suspect is Patricia Edelen, who lives on across the street from the vandalized property.

She has been accused of criminal damaging/endangering property to cause/create substantial risk of physical harm and ethnic intimidation.

Edelen was arraigned in court Monday. She is being held on a $25,000 bond and is ordered to have no contact with those whose home she is accused of vandalizing.

The original video was shared over 10,000 times as of Sunday afternoon.

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said that it's unbelievable that in 2018 people still have those beliefs and attitudes. 

He said that the police department took this very seriously.

Kapszukiewicz believes now it's more important to focus on how the community responded.

“There is a real disappointing and heartbreaking, and actually sickening feeling when you focus on the vandalism itself. But, there also a hopeful part of this story, and that is what I choose to focus on. Toledoans of all backgrounds of all faiths, all races came together immediately to remove that graffiti,” he said.

Members of the neighborhood went out to clean the graffiti from the house after the video was made.

Godfrey Turk, who lives in the neighborhood, said the graffiti is not representative of the neighborhood.

"This is a decent neighborhood actually. Everybody gets along. Everybody takes care of one another. This is an isolated incident. We haven't had nothing happen like this in the neighborhood since I've been here and I've been here for years," said Turk.

Kapszukiewicz issued a statement later in the day where he thanked those who stepped up to help remove the vandalism saying quote "these messages are not a reflection of their neighborhood or our city. You make Toledo a great place to live."

Multiple community leaders also weighed in on the incident on social media including Toledo City Council members Yvonne Harper and Peter Ujvagi.

Peter Ujvagi represents the district that includes Ogden Avenue.

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