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Man arrested for racist graffiti in Beaufort granted bond

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Jason Lyman (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office) Jason Lyman (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)
BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

A Beaufort man charged with writing racist phrases on two Beaufort buildings is back on the streets after he posted bail for vandalizing a Shell gas station and a community bowling center.

The images come just days after the city came together in response to the violence in Charlottesville.

Graffiti on bowling alley building was erased within the hour – and days later – hundreds of people came together to put racism in the gutter.

“The man who reported it called me and said, ‘it’s gone,’ and I said, ‘good.’ The city likes to take it down as fast as we can. He said, ‘well I called the newspaper,’ and I said, ‘call the newspaper and say we don’t need to celebrate bullies. Why give this person attention because that’s what they’re looking for…attention,” said Pastor Randy Roberts, Love House Ministries. 

That’s what Jason Lyman got after he wrote on the popular Beaufort hang out.

“He thought he was targeting a black-owned operation but he was wrong about that. This is God-operated, We are just stewards of this, and so as a result, that’s why he targeted it. It was strictly race motivated,” said Pastor Roberts.

The bowling center has been open for four years and is run by Love House Ministries. They even offer laser tag. It’s a positive outlet for the community, and Wednesday night, more than 2,000 people came together to strike out hate.

“I think it was extremely therapeutic for us to really see that, hey, not everyone subscribes to the philosophy that the gentleman wrote on the wall in actuality a vast majority do not share that view at all,” said Pastor Roberts.

The community bowling center decided to hold a "Racial Harmony Round Robin Bowl Night" as a way to unify the community and get past the incident. 

"And that's the message that needs to be sent throughout the world, especially the United States that's going through the crisis of racial divide. That Beaufort can be an example of the bridge that creates harmony amongst the races," said Pastor Roberts.

Jason Lyman has been granted a $5,000 bond for each count of illegal graffiti. He’s since been released from the Beaufort County Detention Center.

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