Harford authorities investigate 2 cases of racial vandalism

November 02, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is investigating two seemingly unrelated incidents of racial vandalism in Edgewood this week.

In the most recent incident, racial epithet and symbols were spray-painted on a 1992 Ford Explorer Wednesday night.

The owner of the truck, Bruce Edwards, an African-American, told police he had parked the truck in a neighborhood a few blocks from his home after it had mechanical problems.

Last weekend, racial epithets and foul language were sprayed on a sign and in the parking lot at Ebenezer Baptist Church, a predominantly black church in the 500 block of Foster Branch Road.

Sgt. Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said the vandalism was discovered by the church's pastor, the Rev. Edward White, and is believed to have occurred the evening of Oct. 26 or Sunday morning.

"A motive is not known at this time," Hopkins said. "We are treating it as a hate crime."

Church officials estimated it will cost $500 to repair the sign. Hopkins said Harford County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible in the church incident.

Police know of no suspects and are investigating both crimes.

Pub Date: 11/02/96

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