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Hearing for refugee graffiti suspect cancelled due to indictment

A probable cause hearing slated this morning for the Pembroke tattoo artist accused of defacing refugees’ homes in south Concord has been canceled because a grand jury formally charged him for the crimes.

Raymond Stevens, 42, has been indicted on a special felony charge of criminal mischief. He faces an extended prison sentence of 10 to 30 years because of a state statute prohibiting hate crimes.

Stevens was arrested last Tuesday following a two-year investigation by the Concord Police Department. He was initially marked as a suspect a year ago, after detectives matched his handwriting on an unrelated gun application to that scrawled on the homes.

The indictment against Stevens comprises four incidents of vandalism, three of which were discovered the morning of Sept. 18, 2011, on homes in the South End. The fourth was found nearby on Thompson Street on Aug. 5, 2012.

A probable cause hearing, in which a judge determines whether enough evidence exists for a suspect to stand trial, is precluded by a grand jury indictment.

Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said Stevens posted $8,000 cash bail last Thursday. Stevens is scheduled for an arraignment at Merrimack County Superior Court on Nov. 13.

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