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UPDATE: Hate Crime Reported In North Spokane

UPDATED SPD NEWS RELEASE: Spokane Police detectives have been assigned the malicious mischief report which occurred early this morning on the 7000 block of North Cochran. The initial report indicated anti-religious statements and swastikas were spray painted on the vehicles and home of the victim family.

Due to the inflammatory nature of the property damage, this incident has been reported as a "hate crime" which is defined by Washington State Law as "malicious harassment". As in the case of all reported instances of possible malicious harassment, investigators will review the facts surrounding the incident to determine if any threat to the community at large exists.

However this morning's event appears to be isolated in nature and a result of a dispute between teenage girls. A potential suspect has been identified, and the investigation is ongoing.

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: At about 2:00 a.m. on February 21st Spokane Police responded to the 7000 block of north Cochran for a report of Malicious Mischief. Police arrived and found 2 SUVs, 2 trucks and 2 boats had been toilet papered and written on with paint pens. The house was also written on.

Police are investigating it as a Hate Crime due to the emphasis by the suspects on religious beliefs. There were several disparaging remarks written on the house about Jesus and references to God hating them. Police also located a bible that had been set on fire on the porch of the residence. Swastikas and other foul language were also written on the house. The house had also been egged.

The damage to the paint on the house and all of the vehicles is estimated to be thousands of dollars.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Crime Check 456-2233.

 

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