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Police arrest motorcyclist accused of Pride crosswalk damage

June 11, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police have arrested a motorcyclist days after they say he vandalized a rainbow-colored crosswalk ahead of the city’s PrideFest.

A criminal complaint says 31-year-old Anthony Morgan faced charges Tuesday that include felony criminal property damage. Video showed a couple bikers taking turns burning rubber over the crosswalk on June 5.

The crosswalk on a stretch of Historic Route 66 near the University of New Mexico cost the city $30,000 to install as a sign of inclusiveness for the city’s LGBT community.

Police say they received tips saying Morgan was part of a motorcycle group known as the Malicious Riders.

Video shows the riders who burned their tires on the crosswalk were among about 40 who slowed down at the intersection.

It was not immediately known if Morgan had an attorney.

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