NORFOLK, Va. (NPD) – Norfolk police are investigating a hate crime in the Colonial Place community.
On October 9, around 8:00 a.m., dispatchers received a call for a vandalism in the 4800 block of Newport Avenue. When police arrived, they found an SUV parked on Newport Avenue with a racial slur written across one of its windows. An investigation was launched immediately by the Criminal Intelligence Unit.
“I want the citizens of Norfolk to know that there is no such thing as a minor hate crime. Whether it’s in the form of a verbal threat, physical assault, or vandalism any kind of hate disrupts the very fabric of a safe and healthy neighborhood” said Chief Larry D. Boone. “We have come so far and worked too hard to allow any one person to destroy what many have fought for in the history of Norfolk. I assure you, my officers are actively investigating this crime and will not stop until we arrest the person responsible.”
While this incident is being investigated, the Colonial Place community can expect to see additional police officers patrolling the area.
Police have not released any other details surrounding this investigation.
The City of Norfolk has reported 17 hate crime incidents since January 2010.
Detectives ask anyone with information to call the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or submit a tip through the P3 Tips mobile app.
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