Racial, religious epithets found scrawled at body shop

January 14, 2006|By ANDREA F. SIEGEL

A white Pasadena business owner opened his auto body shop yesterday morning to find anti-black and anti-Jewish epithets as well as profanity scratched into a concrete ramp that had been poured Thursday at the side of the shop.

"It was like a statement they were making. But don't make that statement around me. I don't live like that, I don't believe that," said Don Reed, 68, owner of Chesapeake Body and Frame in the 8100 block of Hog Neck Road.

Anne Arundel County police are investigating the property destruction, which comes as an umbrella group is planning to hold a meeting Jan. 31 to discuss how to deal with hate crimes and other racial, religious and ethnic incidents.

The most recent statistics show that between last January and November, there have been 69 suspected racial, religious or ethnic incidents in the county, police spokesman Lt. David Waltemeyer Jr. said, including 12 in which entire neighborhoods awoke to find hate fliers left on lawns.

Yesterday's vandalism occurred overnight in a dark area where Reed was adding a ramp for the disabled. The shop is near the Green Haven community, where racial tensions were heightened after the death of teenager Noah Jamahl Jones in a melee in 2004.

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