The Lime scooter company condemned the ‘vile’ acts of ‘hatred.’

An adult and two minors were charged with felonies after riding scooters over an LGBTQ+ crosswalk in Spokane, Washington. Spokane police witnessed the vandalism and arrested the trio, charging them with first-degree malicious mischief, a class-B felony.

A criminal complaint noted the teens used epithets when confronted by residents. Investigators reported “widespread damage” to the mural, with “black scuff marks consistent with scooter wheels.” Photos showed about 14 black skid marks.

Teens Face Harsh Penalties for Scuff Marks on LGBTQ Mural
Ruslan V.V. Turko is currently held by authorities. He is the only adult involved in the incident.

Lime, the scooter rental company, declared a “no-go zone” over the mural to prevent further damage. Scooters entering the zone will slowly stop until removed from the area. Lime’s Director of Government Relations, Hayden Harvey, condemned the “vile” acts and emphasized the company’s commitment to Pride Month celebrations.

The adult involved was identified as 19-year-old Ruslan V. V. Turko, while the minors were not named due to their age. Spokane Pride raised enough funds to repair the mural, which had also been resurfaced after being set on fire in May.