Airline pilot, 53, is charged for ‘writing racist and anti-Trump graffiti on walls of Tallahassee airport 20 times over the course of a year’
- James Dees, 53, was released on bond from Leon County, Florida jail on Friday
- He was arrested after hidden camera caught him writing graffiti on airport walls
- Dees was fired from his job as a pilot for Endeavor Air, a Delta-owned subsidiary
- He admitted to police that he wrote racist graffiti against blacks, Hispanics
- Scrawled messaged included ‘#MAGA,’ ‘TRUMP4EVER,’ ‘Send them ALL back’
James Dees, 53, was released on bond from a Leon County jail at around 1pm on Friday
An airline pilot was caught on hidden camera vandalizing a Florida airport with graffiti that included racial slurs and slogans both supporting and opposing President Trump, according to authorities.
James Dees, 53, was released on bond from a Leon County jail at around 1pm on Friday after he was arrested and charged with nine counts of criminal mischief.
Dees, a former pilot with Delta subsidiary Endeavor Air, is said to have admitted to authorities that he wrote racial slurs, including ‘#MAGA=No N*****S=NO SP**S,’ multiple times on the walls of airport bathrooms and the parking lot elevator at Tallahassee International Airport.
In December 2018, local police first received reports of graffiti in the men’s restrooms as well as inside an elevator near the front entrance and on some parked cars, according to WCTV-TV.
Over the course of the next year, more graffiti kept appearing, including ‘#MAGA,’ ‘TRUMP4EVER,’ ‘Send them ALL back,’ and other racial slurs which were found in the stalls of the men’s restrooms and other locations.
Authorities also said that they found anti-Trump graffiti as well, including ‘Impeachment is coming,’ ‘#RESIST,’ and ‘RESTORE decency.’
Dees was arrested on Friday and charged in connection with 20 graffiti incidents at Tallahassee International Airport in Florida (seen above)
According to court documents, police then installed a surveillance camera in the elevator facing the parking lot.
On December 14 of last year, more graffiti was found near the area where the camera was installed.
Police then reviewed the surveillance footage which they say showed a pilot entering the elevator and writing something on the wall.
That pilot was later identified as Dees.
On January 7, officers approached Dees as he was walking into the airport.
Dees then agreed to speak to police, who asked him about several graffiti incidents from the past year.
When police told Dees that he was seen on hidden camera writing graffiti, the pilot is said to have confessed.
Dees is a pilot with Endeavor Air, a subsidiary of Delta Airlines. A Delta plane is seen in the above stock image
Initially, Dees claimed he wrote graffiti ‘three or four times.’
But when confronted with photographic evidence, Dees admitted to writing graffiti at the airport more than 11 times from June to December of last year.
Dees told police he was going through a ‘rough time’ and was dealing with anger issues.
He admitted to being responsible for all but one of the racist graffiti incidents. But he did not admit to writing any of the other graffiti.
Police charged Dees with nine counts of criminal mischief. The total damage from the graffiti is estimated to be less than $200.
Endeavor released a statement to WCTV saying that Dees was no longer employed by the airline.
‘These actions in no way reflect the values of Endeavor Air and this individual is no longer employed by the airline,’ the company said.