Junction City police are asking for leads on who sprayed racist graffiti on a local residence.
Chief Bob Morris says officers arrived at the scene Sunday morning. A swastika and the “N-word” was found near the apartment of Jocelyn Garcia, who is African-American.
Police and the FBI are investigating the incident as a hate crime. Chief Morris says no one at the residence was physically harmed.
“And in visiting with them, they’ve expressed that in the time that they have lived within Junction City – which I think is more than a decade, they’ve never encountered any racial slurs, any kind of negative consequences based on their race, whatsoever," Morris tells KLCC. "So this is something that’s a surprise to them.”
Earlier in July, a fire and explosion happened one block away in a building, which was also marked with racist graffiti. Morris says so far there’s no evidence to link the two events.
Tips can be called in to the Junction City Police Department at (541)998-1245.
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