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Construction Hate Crime

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Kennewick home builder claims he's the victim of a hate crime.

Jaime Vargas is building a new home off Ely street and 4600 South. He said last week someone came in and wrote a dozen malicious messages throughout the house. Most of them inappropriate to show.

Vargas said it's not the first time he's had vandalism problems. Someone also destroyed his toilet, stole his construction tools, and flooded his basement.

"I wish they could please stop because I just want to live my life and build this house the way it was designed."

Vargas said he can't believe this is happening in Kennewick especially in 2006, but he said if he catches whoever is trespassing on his property he will prosecute them to the full extent of the law.

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