Second Suspect Sought in Israeli Flag Vandalism in Philadelphia

A Palestinian protester burns an Israeli flag after the funeral of Palestinian Milad Said Ayyash, 17, who died of wounds sustained in yesterday's protests in east Jerusalem, Saturday, May 14, 2011.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charges have been rescinded against a man accused of splattering red paint on an Israeli flag in Philadelphia because prosecutors say a second suspect was involved.

District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office says in a statement Friday the charges against 26-year-old Antoine Guyton were rescinded because the investigation has shown a different man initially sprayed the flag with paint. However, they say Guyton also had a role in the vandalism.

An affidavit is being prepared for Guyton’s re-arrest and police are seeking information on the other suspect.

Police responded to a report of a man spray painting the flag around 4 p.m. Tuesday The suspect had fled, but Guyton appeared at the scene while officers were there and was taken into custody.

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