KNOXVILLE — Knoxville Police have charged a Sevier County man with vandalizing the home of Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon, spray painting the word “death” on her garage before a neighbor saw him.

Christopher Greg Fortner, 44, of Sevierville, now faces charges of vandalism and resisting arrest, according to information released Tuesday evening by the Knoxville Police Department.

Fortner was allegedly seen spray painting a detached garage at Kincannon’s home, KPD spokesperson Scott Erland said.

Police have indicated one of Kincannon’s neighbors caught the alleged vandal in the act, after noticing a stranger near the garage while out walking a dog with his family.

That neighbor and Kincannon confronted the person, who ran away and then fled in a white Toyota Camry.

Knoxville investigators eventually identified Fortner as the suspect, and arrested him Wednesday after getting a complaint about a suspicious person matching his description at a Knoxville grocery store.

Two City of Knoxville employees helped officers find Fortner, after they saw him acting strangely and then recognized that he was driving a white Camry and matched the description of the suspect from Sunday’s incident, according to the KPD statement.

They called police, who arrested Fortner after a brief struggle.

The KPD investigation is continuing and Fortner could face additional charges, Erland said.

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