SEVIERVILLE — The man accused of vandalizing the home of the Knoxville mayor lives at a home off Boyds Creek Highway, according to court documents.
Knoxville Police arrested 44-year-old Christopher Greg Fortner on Tuesday afternoon, charging him with spray-painting “Death” on a garage wall at the home of Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon before a neighbor spotted him.
That neighbor, who was out walking in the area, saw Fortner about 6:40 p.m. Sunday.
“Witness stated (Fortner) appeared surprised when he saw the witness and began walking away,” according to the warrant.
The neighbor noticed the word spray painted on a garage door and went to Kincannon’s home to let her know what was happening, according to the warrants.
When they tried to speak to Fortner, he refused to talk to them and kept walking to his car, which he used to leave the scene.
He was arrested Tuesday at a store on Western Avenue in Knoxville, after officers received reports of a suspicious person there.
The Knox County Jail indicated he was still being held there Wednesday, with a bond set at $1,000.
The warrants say he was also charged with resisting arrest after he tried to initially pull away from officers and refused to follow verbal commands.
They don’t mention whether Fortner said anything during the incident.
The warrants also indicated Fortner had been charged with resisting arrest on previous occasions, but not where those incidents took place.
There was no record of him facing any charges in Sevier County Circuit Court.
The documents don’t indicate whether Fortner said anything about a motive during either exchange.
Posts shared publicly on Fortner’s Facebook feed indicate he believes the bombing in Nashville last month was a “false flag” being used to cover for destruction of computers linked to investigations into the 2020 presidential election.
It also includes a claim that anyone who speaks to a deaf or hearing impaired person while wearing a face mask is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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