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Moreno Valley car owner target of hate crime

Monday, October 14, 2013
A map indicates the area near the 13000 block of Pocono Court in Moreno Valley where police responded to reports of an apparent hate crime Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

A map indicates the area near the 13000 block of Pocono Court in Moreno Valley where police responded to reports of an apparent hate crime Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (KABC Photo / Google maps)

A Moreno Valley resident woke up to find his or her car vandalized in an apparent hate crime Sunday.

Police responded to the 13000 block of Pocono Court around 7:06 a.m. following vandalism reports.

Upon arrival, officers found a derogatory racial comment scratched into the paint of a vehicle.

Authorities then contacted the owner of the vehicle.

Based on the correlation between the car owner's ethnicity and the derogatory comment, the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

The car damage was estimated to be over $5,000.

Anyone with information on this incident was urged to contact Moreno Valley police at (951) 247-8700.

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