Police are investigating graffiti in the laundry room of an apartment building in the 1400 block of Boren Avenue that the building manager believes is targeting him because of his unwillingness to back down from a group that he says has repeatedly broke into the building. The spray paint and marker slurs are being investigated as malicious harassment, the state’s hate crime statute.
The apartment manager told police the graffiti occurred sometime early in the morning last Wednesday, January 12:
V/ walked the building again at 0900hrs on 01-12-11, and found that the laundry room had been “trashed” and the words “FAG” and “FAGIT” were written on the laundry room walls.
V/ found the door to the apartment storage unit areas had been kicked open, and a storage unit for apartment 115 had been pried open. V/ found three areas on the outside of the building that had been spray painted, as well. V/ immediately thought of S/ , and unidentified suspects2, 3, 4, and 5. These suspects have been burglarizing the building, damaging property, and harassing V/ for the last several months. V/ has made several SPD reports for these incidents. V/ thinks that these suspects are responsible because he has caught them in the building several times and thrown them out.
These suspects have repeatedly yelled “Fag!” and “Brown Stain!” at V/ and told V/ that they can do whatever they want and the police won’t stop them. This occurs when V/ has been out walking in the neighborhood. The last time V/ saw any of them was last week when S/ told V/ that the police will never catch the group or doing anything to help V/ . V/ is and is used to having derogatory things yelled at him, but to have these things written on the walls of his building is very offensive. V/ thinks that these suspects are harassing him because V/ stood up to them, and they are trying to scare him into backing down. V/ believes the suspects sneak intothe building through the garage and then exit through fire escapes.
Police found evidence including a yellow Sharpie marker at the scene that was collected to be sent to the lab for fingerprint analysis.