Two arrested after racist graffiti found on Tracy building
By Sophia Kazmi
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 01/11/2010 03:27:56 PM PST
Updated: 01/11/2010 03:27:56 PM PST
TRACY — One man was booked on a civil rights violation and hate crime enhancement, and another on suspicion of vandalism, after police found racist graffiti on a Tracy office building Saturday night.
Police initally were called to Lowell Avenue and Tracy Boulevard on a report of two men fighting, said Sgt. Tony Sheneman. When they responded, officers found a substantial amount of freshly scrawled graffiti on the back of a dentist’s office and on a nearby vehicle. The graffiti was derogatory toward African Americans and Jews, Sheneman said.
One of the men in the fight, 20-year-old Jacob Hicks of Tracy, had the same color of paint on his hands as was used for the graffiti. He was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, a civil rights violation and a hate crime enhancement.
The man he had allegedy been fighting with, 31-year-old Matthew Clowes, also of Tracy, was arrested on suspicion of vandalism.
The two told police they are followers of the hardcore hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse and are white pride enthusiasts. Sheneman said he did not know the cause of the fight.
After being treated in the hospital for injuries suffered while fighting, the men were booked into San Joaquin County Jail.
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