Wyoming vandal's grudge likely wasn't against military, police say

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EVANSTON, Wyo. — The search continued Monday for the person or people who vandalized the home of a U.S. Army Reservist by painting anti-military messages on her house.

Cassie McEuen, originally from Willard, awoke to find messages, some of them vulgar, spray-painted across her front door and window.

"I've been attacked, and the vandal can't spell. Apparently I'm a 'soilder' instead of soldier," she wrote on a social media post.

McEuen has lived in her home for less than a year. Evanston police do not believe the graffiti was random.

However, Evanston Police Lt. Ken Pearson said Monday that investigators also believe that whoever targeted McEuen likely had some sort of grudge against McEuen herself and not the U.S. military.

"It wasn't anybody wanting to make a political statement. I believe it was more directed completely right at her," he said.

It wasn't anybody wanting to make a political statement. I believe it was more directed completely right at her.

–Lt. Ken Pearson, Evanston PD

Police believe the alleged vandal or vandals were just using the military as a way to get to McEuen.

After word of the vandalism spread, more than 100 volunteers showed up at McEuen's home Sunday to clean the graffiti. The cleaning supplies were donated by local businesses.

"That's what Evanston is all about, helping your neighbor. It's a great little community that really steps up and shows that even though it was Evanston, we had people coming up from the Salt Lake Valley who have ties here. We had people from as far away as Rawlins, Wyoming, show up. Wyoming, we can of have the big state, small town attitude," Pearson said.

Anyone with information on the vandalism can call police at 307-783-6403.

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