Graffiti at Jehovah’s Witness church deemed a hate crime

ROWLAND HEIGHTS — Authorities are investigating graffiti vandalism at a Jehovah’s Witness church as a hate crime.
The damage was first reported shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday at the Jehovah’s Witness: Rowland Heights Congregation at 19111 Killian Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
“Deputies were directed to graffiti that had been spray-painted on the exterior walls of the religious facility,” Sgt. Angie Wilkinson said in a written statement. “The graffiti was based on religion.”
Lt. Mike Brown described the graffiti as “offensive words, phrases and symbols,” though specific details of what was written were not released.
The graffiti was believed to have been done overnight, Wilkinson added, between 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday morning.
In addition to being a felony vandalism, with damage estimated at about $500, authorities are also considering the incident to be a felony hate crime.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station.
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  • Jim McMetz

    I consider the continual assault by Jehovahs Witnesses on customers in my laundromat every Saturday morning a hate crime, too. They show up uninvited in a pack of four, surround and intimidate my customers, thrusting magazines and other junk into their faces and asking them to “repent”.

    Can I get the Sheriff to charge them with a hate crime, too?

  • Duffman

    Like the way they trespass on to my property and annoy me?

  • Robbins

    You may find their demonstration of free expression annoying, but remember: if the state limits them, who’s next?

  • Trojan Man

    I grew up as one of Jehovahs Wittnesses …Although I do not agree with their teachings & or beliefs VANDALISM IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. If you choose tovoice your opposition there are MANY OTHER WAYS TO DO IT !

  • Ravo

    I find it interesting that this is the only article on the front page that has comments. Rape, murder, molestation… that’s fine, but a JW’s preaching?!?! That’s gotta stop!!

  • Santa Clarita housekeeper

    These people should find some other way to release their creativity.

  • juan ayala

    las buenas nuevas del reyno se tienen que predicar hasta que venga el fin (mat 24:14) para testimonio no para que todos lo crean (ver 36-42)somos pacificos con todos los hombres lo hacemos por amor a dios y al projimo (1 tim 4:16)somos razonables (open mind)
    y cuando hablamos del fin nos referimos al fin de todo lo malo y solo vendran bendiciones para todos los justos (sal 37:9-11,27)me pregunto yo que hay de malo en esto? no obligamos a nadie al igual que dios (jehova)(sal 83:18)si no quieren escuchar el mensaje solo diganselo al testigo que los aborde y el respetara su decicion.