Palm Springs Vandalism Investigated as Hate Crime
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CREATED Apr. 2, 2013
Racist graffiti was scrawled on a downtown Palm Springs business.
It's the type of crime we rarely see here in the valley.
Palm Springs Police are investigating this as a hate crime, and believe they have the man responsible in jail.
We spoke with the manager of the store, who described what he found when he came into work on Monday.
"It was a hateful message."
Manager of Tops n Tee's, Mark Jordan, says the man who scratched the hateful message on the window came into the store five times that day.
"I asked him if he needed any help and he said the f-word and he walked outside and he give me a finger and called names, and that's what he wrote in the window, at night after we closed," said Jordan.
The open sign now covers the words carved into the glass.
"The word no was used twice and then the n-word was followed by that and then in a separate area of the window, just the letter N was scratched into the glass," said Sgt. Mike Kovaleff with the Palm Springs Police Department.
Palm Springs Police believe they have the suspect already behind bars.
"We have a person of interest who's actually in custody in an unrelated charge, we're going to work this case up and send it in to the District Attorney's office," said Sgt. Kovaleff.
Police say this type of hate crime is rare in Palm Springs.
"It's unfortunate, we put a man on the moon 43 years ago and we have still have people doing stupid things like this, they are few and far between in 2013 in Palm Springs," said Sgt. Kovaleff.
The business manager says it's going to cost them to replace the window, but the real price is the hate in the message.
"This doesn't happen often but people, it's not the same, there's nothing we can do, but maybe the police will do," said Jordan.
Palm Springs Police say the man in custody hasn't been charged in this case.
That decision will be made by the District Attorney's office.