Hastings Police Investigate Hate Graffiti

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hastings Police are looking for who’s responsible for a series of hate graffiti incidents that happened overnight Friday.

Officers said they found racial slurs and other hate messages spray painted on the side of homes, a garage and a vehicle in the 500 block of 18th St. West.

Police said, in all, six properties were damaged and they think it happened around 2 a.m.

“This is a serious crime that is and will continue to be aggressively investigated,” said Police Chief Paul Schnell. “We want the person or persons responsible for these crimes identified, arrested and subjected to the full scrutiny of the criminal justice system.”

The view out the window has changed drastically for the Plumer’s and Makowski’s.

“I see someone’s name on the front of the house and the words ‘hell’ and ‘Satan’ across the street,” Heather Makowski said pointing out her window.

In just a few minutes it went from holiday decorations to hateful damage.

“I just woke up and saw a bunch of graffiti on our car and looked at the neighbors saw a lot on the fence and siding,” Jeff Wiedmann explained.

Some of the words can’t even be shown. Other messages don’t make any sense with almost all of it is spelled wrong.

“Whoever did this destruction this evil needs to go back to school,” Tammy Plumer said.

Schnell doesn’t think targeting such a small cluster of homes is random.

“There is some connection, motive, some reason for it what that is we haven’t been able to establish,” Schnell said.

Some of this stuff will be able to be cleaned up easily. Not something like siding however, it will wait until spring to be replaced.

“If it was warmer weather we might have a chance to clean the paint off. Not below freezing temps. No way,” Rick Plumer said.

Now, the neighborhood left to look at this mess has their own message for whoever did this.

“Shame on you. You need counseling, the words you’re writing. It’s not right. Not right,” Tammy Plumer said.

Police say the damage runs in the tens of thousands of dollars. That’s why whoever is responsible faces felony property damage.

If police can prove the damage was motivated by hate or bias it could be considered a hate crime.

Police ask anyone with information about the crime to call the Hastings Police Department at 651-480-2300.

WCCO-TV’s Liz Collin Reports

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  1. 4chan says:

    They forgot to spray, “Puddi”…

    1. Rick Plumer says:

      What does that mean?

  2. puddipuddi says:

    the internet is destroying our souls? at least this kid went outside

  3. Angela McFadden says:

    One the neighborhood’s victims stated that the criminal needed to go back to elementary since s/he had such terrible spelling. So, is that to say people who are perfect spellers are incapable of hate crimes??

  4. Hmmmmm says:

    It sounds like these people must have really ticked someone off for them to go that far to show their displeasure of them like they did!!!
    Yeh, what would going back to school solve, duh!!!!!

  5. Kris says:

    Are you kidding me? You are blaming these victims and calling them stupid because a group of bored, immature cowards decided to destroy their property? That’s just wrong! May you never become a victim of a crime!

  6. Vicki says:

    Well; why did they target these people; these guys must have really pissed somebody off! They did it here for a reason!

  7. Michael Jordan says:

    A hate crime? What an idiotic notion. This was a childish prank by someone below the age of 16. Bring the hammer down, America! I’ll front every last dollar of the damage money if these people can tel me four facts about the people that live two doors down from them.

    1. Rick says:

      Write the check! You assume incorrectly the neighbors dont know each other? What does that have to do with the vandalism that happened and the content of the graffiti?

  8. KMA says:

    Nice self-portraits!

  9. very cruel says:

    Wow, some of these comments make me sad! I live in one of these homes…..why on earth would we do this to ourselves? How does any of this sound fishy? You people need to find something better to do!
    Most of us have dogs and they didn’t hear anything either,oh but maybe they were in on it too! Grow up!

    1. Boo hoo says:

      Very cruel– oh wow — if you live in one of these houses with your attitude maybe that is why it happened to you!!! Sounds like you should grow up!!!

  10. very cruel says:

    WOW…REAL:LY??

  11. KMA says:

    Maybe somebody wants you to move out of the neighborhood because they don’ t like you !!!

  12. TB says:

    What comes around – goes around!!!

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