Pretty Penny Café owner Blair Campell stands in front of the green lettering that was spray painted on the side of her building.  The hateful, racial slur prompted Campbell and her friends to go in a positive direction – engaging the community in a new conversation. S. Stewart photo
Pretty Penny Café owner Blair Campell stands in front of the green lettering that was spray painted on the side of her building. The hateful, racial slur prompted Campbell and her friends to go in a positive direction – engaging the community in a new conversation. S. Stewart photo

On January 7, Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department Captain T.A. McCoy responded to a call that a racial slur had been spray painted on the side of the Pretty Penny Café in Hillsboro.

Seven days later, Maxwelton resident William “Robbie” Ratliff was arrested as a suspect after a person connected with the accused came forward to make a statement pertaining to the case.

According to the criminal complaint filed by McCoy in the Pocahontas County Magistrate Court, McCoy received the recorded statement Tuesday, January 13.

The criminal complaint did not include a statement from Ratliff.

Ratliff, 40, is charged with unlawfully, intentionally and feloniously, by force or threat of force, willfully injure, intimidate or interfere with or oppress or threaten any other person in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him or her by the Constitution of the State of West Virginia.

Ratliff was briefly incarcerated in the Southern Regional Jail and is currently out on bond.