YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is searching for the suspect or suspects who painted a racial slur on an African-American service member’s vehicle.
“What kind of hate is in a person’s heart that they feel like they have to vandalize a truck with a racial slur on it?” said Lt. Dennis Ivey.
Ivey told 10 On Your Side that it happened in the 20 block of Atlantis Lane either during the late night hours of Nov. 29 or in the early morning hours of Nov. 30.
Air police from Joint Base Langley-Eustis reportedly spotted the graffiti, which contained an expletive, a racial slur and “KKK” painted in white on the passenger side of the man’s pickup truck.
Deputies were called to the scene around 12:30 a.m. and woke up the resident to alert him of the vandalism.
10 On Your Side spoke with the victim off-camera. He said he was hurt and shocked by the crime, especially “in this neighborhood and in this day and age.”
He said he is a husband and father of two with no enemies. He has no idea who is behind the hateful act.
Neighbors are surprised, too.
“It’s very scary to find out that that’s happening in our neighborhood, that people are being targeted like that,” said Nancy Sheppard. “And with the military, we’re such an inclusive community, that you never hear about anything like that happening here in particular.”
Investigators are actively working to find the culprit or culprits. They are investigating the incident as a case of damage to property and immoral conduct.
“Whoever did this, you should be ashamed of yourself,” Ivey said. “And you should turn yourself in.”
Anyone with information that can help authorities is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or the York County Facebook Tip Line 757-890-4999.