Man arrested for hate crime vandalism at gay- and lesbian-owned businesses in Long Beach
A man has been arrested in Long Beach on suspicion of committing hate crimes by vandalizing businesses that cater to gays and lesbians.
Oliver Rodrich Saintvictor, 23, of Rancho Palos Verdes, allegedly smashed windows at three different businesses on the same day in December, Long Beach Police Department officials said.
He first threw something through the window of a building in the 2000 block of East 4th Street about 8 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2010, police said. About 15 minutes later, a second window-smash vandalism was reported about two miles away in the 5100 block of East Ocean Boulevard, officers said.
Investigators were concerned that both businesses catered to the gay and lesbian community, police said.
The investigation led police to a third vandalism reported from a similar type of business in Redondo Beach with similar circumstances. Detectives discovered the crime occurred on the same date and the suspect and vehicle descriptions matched those of the Long Beach incidents.
Saintvictor was charged by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office with felony vandalism with a special allegation for a hate crime.
Detectives believe there may be more victims and ask anyone with information to call Det. Jackie Bezart at (562) 570-7250.
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