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.