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Saugus house vandalized with racial slurs, 2 cars set afire in alleged hate crime

March 22, 2011 |  9:21 am

 

Map shows location of incident in black, with recent reported crimes in brown and red. Click through the map for a key on the brown and red labels, as well as crime statistics for the surrounding area. Two cars set ablaze and a house vandalized with with spray-painted racial slurs in Saugus were being investigated Tuesday as a possible hate crime, L.A. County sheriff's officials said.

The early Saturday morning incident occurred at a home in the 2700 block of Satinwood Drive occupied by an African American and his white housemates, said Sgt. Darren Harris of the Sheriff's Department.

The home was vandalized with threatening, racist graffiti, and a Scion in the front was set afire and destroyed. An SUV parked near the Scion was partially damaged by the fire and its tires were slashed, Lewis said.

“It started off with a knock on my door,” one of the residents of the house, Anthony Bedgood, told KTLA-TV Channel 5. “My roommate pounded on my door saying something was on fire. It was something out of a nightmare.”

No arrests have been made in the case.

“We are taking this very seriously,” Harris said. “Whoever it was that did this obviously has some very serious pent-up hostility, and we need to get them into custody.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Hate Crimes Task Force at (310) 996-4927.

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Image: Map shows location of incident in black, with recent reported crimes in brown and red. Click through the map for a key on the brown and red labels, as well as for crime statistics for the surrounding area. Credit: Mapping L.A.

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