Third graffiti vandalism hate crime reported at Palo Alto park

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PALO ALTO – For the third time since early May, graffiti vandalism amounting to a hate crime has been found inside the men’s restroom at El Camino Park in Palo Alto, authorities said.

The latest incident was reported around 6:35 a.m. Wednesday, the Palo Alto Police Department said in a news release.

Inside the restroom, officers found “derogatory language” directed at White people written in black marker, police said. The vandalism likely occurred at some point Tuesday.

A public works crew removed the graffiti.

Similar incidents were reported May 7 and July 7 at the same location, police said, adding they believe the crimes are linked and were committed by the same suspect.

The city has recorded other graffiti vandalism hate crimes this year. On Sept. 15, racial epithets directed at Black people were found inside a parking garage on High Street. Racial epithets directed at Black people were also found at Heritage Park on March 21.

No arrests have been made in the cases.

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Anyone with information related to the cases can contact the police department at 650-329-2413. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call or text 650-383-8984 or email paloalto@tipnow.org.

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