Teens Face Charges In West Richland Hate Crime Cases
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - West Richland Police pinpointed five possible suspects allegedly involved in recent hate crimes in West Richland.
West Richland Police Detective Theresa Morrell said two of the five suspects face malicious harassment charges.
Authorities were notified after there were reports of racial slurs painted on cars, obscene pictures left on door steps and painted on property and even a picture of a Ku Klux Klan member standing next to a burning cross in three different cases.
The crimes happened on Kona Avenue and Royal Palm Street in West Richland.
According to police the first incident happened back in March when an African American family received racial drawings on their door step.
Then in June there was pink paint found on property throughout the area.
Morrell said, "Kids do some crazy things sometimes, but when they start throwing racial slurs into the mix they cross the line and made it a worse crime."
Morrell said she has never seen a hate crime like this in the city in her almost twenty years on the job.
Police report that one of the suspects is 16 and the other four are 18 and 19. They are all male.
Police said the victims are extremely upset, angry and hurt.
Contact the West Richland Police if you have any more information on these cases.