Snoqualmie man charged in racist graffiti spree

A 24-year-old Valley man faces criminal charges in connection with a tirade of racist graffiti that dirtied Snoqualmie last summer.

King County Prosecutors filed nine counts of a malicious harassment on Jan. 20 against Adam Michael Moore of Snoqualmie.

Charges stemmed from a wave of vandalism that began June 9, 2009, when spray painted swastikas, the letters “SS,” “White Power,” and other epithets at the Nazarene Church in Snoqualmie and Mount Si High School.

Later that month, a rock was thrown through the window of the Scriptures Christian book store. Also thrown into the building was a note with a similar screed. A few days later, more racist graffiti was found at St. Claire Episcopal Church, Snoqualmie United Methodist Church and Our Lady of Sorrow Church.

That week, someone painted racist scrawls in front of the Scriptures bookstore and the Snoqualmie Tribal Administration building, and similar markings were reported at the downtown Snoqualmie Market.

According to the investigator, all the markings appeared to be from the same person.

Video surveillance from the market showed a man walking through the parking lot on June 30, around the same time that three arson fires were set at Northwest Railway Depot, Bella Vita Spa and Salon and Snoqualmie City Hall.

Neither Moore nor any other suspect has not been charged with the arson.

In September, county prosecutors charged Moore with assault after he bit a Snoqualmie police officer during an altercation at Smokey Joe’s Tavern. Officers detained Moore on suspicion of hanging swastika-laden posters in the tavern men’s room.

Officers used a search warrant to enter his residence and found racist writings that allegedly matched the graffiti. Since his arrest last summer, the graffiti spree in downtown Snoqualmie ceased.

Court documents stated that Moore has a history of assaulting police and custodians. His prior convictions include two custodial assaults in 2007, third degree assault and attempted third degree assault in 2006.

Moore remains in custody at King County Jail.

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