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Swastikas, Profanity Painted on Garage, Driveway, Sidewalk

The El Cerrito police blotter for Oct. 26-28 includes a hate crime where swastikas and profane phrases were painted in red on the garage door, driveway and sidewalk of a home on the 5600 block of Ludwig Avenue.

Editor's note: the El Cerrito Police Blotter below is provided by the El Cerrito police department.

October 26 

Hate Crime – 5600 block of Ludwig Ave. 
Officer Leone reports that an unknown suspect used red paint and painted swastikas and profane phrases on the sidewalk, victim’s driveway and garage door. The suspect also drew a swastika on the front of a neighbor’s residence. The City of El Cerrito Public Works used a pressure washer to remove the graffiti from the driveway and sidewalk. Time of occurrence - 10/25/12 at 2100 hours to 10/26/12 at 0730 hours. 

Warrant Arrest – Belmont Ave. at Lassen Ave. 
Officer Aguilar witnessed a verbal argument between two men at this location. While investigating the cause of the argument, Officer Aguilar arrested one of the men, a 46 year-old Richmond resident, for an arrest warrant. The man was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and transported to the Martinez Detention Facility. 

Possession of a controlled substance - Cutting Boulevard at Peerless Avenue 
Officer Evans arrested a 32 year-old San Pablo man for being in possession of methamphetamine during a traffic enforcement stop. The man was booked at the ECPD. 

October 27 

Warrant Arrest – S. 56th St. at Cypress Ave. 
Officer Aguilar responded to a report of an argument. While investigating the incident, Officer Aguilar arrested a 19-year-old Nevada woman for an arrest warrant from Nevada. She was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and taken to the Martinez Detention Facility to await extradition. 

Warrant Arrest – South 49th St. at Fall Ave. 
Officer Evans reports the arrest of a 27-year-old Richmond man for a warrant. The man was released on a written promise to appear. 

DUI – San Pablo Ave. at Central Ave. 
Officer Thepkaysone conducted a traffic enforcement stop and arrested a 32-year-old Antioch man for DUI. The man was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and released on a written promise to appear. 

Under the Influence and Resisting Arrest – Eureka Ave. at Liberty St. 
Officers were dispatched to a report of a man being dragged by four men at this location. Officer Evans arrived and contacted a 19-year-old Richmond man who was under the influence of a controlled substance. The man began fighting with the officers and they arrested him. He was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and transported to the Martinez Detention Facility. 

DUI – Carlson Blvd. at Central Ave. 
Officer Thepkaysone conducted a traffic enforcement stop and subsequently arrested a 17 year-old Berkeley man for DUI. The man was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and released on a written promise to appear. 

October 28 

Commercial Burglary – 170 El Cerrito Plaza 
Officer Aguilar arrested a 30 year-old Oakland man after he went into The Avenue and attempted to exchange stolen merchandise. He was booked at the El Cerrito Police Department and transported the Martinez Detention Facility.

The El Cerrito Crime Blotter can be found also on nixle.com

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Michael of Richmond November 03, 2012 at 12:14 AM
You just did! I'm Sorry for their neighbors as well. When this type of crime happens, it leaves unrest with everyone in a neighborhood. Best to all of you
Susan Wehrle November 03, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I wish to offer my support to all of the folks who were targeted (and my outrage at this hate crime). Best wishes to you and to all of the kind people who will help you find comfort.
Joanna November 03, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Joanna in El Cerrito To those who were targeted by this hate crime, please know that my family & I send you our best wishes and positive thoughts. This vandalism may have been done by some stupid or angry kids, but the resulting feelings of violation & vulnerability can last longer than the paint. Sorry you had to experience this.
Tec November 05, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Unfortunately, this does not surprise me at all. I have experienced racism quite often here in El Cerrito. Racists live on both sides of my house and I count another nine families on my block that simply do not talk to our neighbors that are not of European descent. While walking down the street in El Cerrito, I have been yelled at TWICE to "go home (racist word here)!" It seems to be socially acceptable to be openly hostile to people that are not of European descent. I fully expect to return from work one day to find my house vandalized with racist graffiti. In fact, when I first saw this article, I just assumed in was my house. In preparation, I have cans of paint and a paint kit ready to go.
Kathy A. November 05, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Our hearts also go out to the family targeted. How terrible. Tec, that's awful. I think of EC as a friendly and inclusive place, but in truth, I don't spend enough time getting to know my own neighbors. I know my own son has been called racist names, because his complexion is darker than mine. That is fortunately the exception, but -- well, we still have work to do. I can't imagine what kind of person would make "go back to X" kinds of comments. Not acceptable.

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