Racist graffiti sprayed in Cary

July 29, 2009 9:30:38 AM PDT
Police in Cary are investigating racist graffiti that was spray painted on several businesses across from Cary Towne Center early Wednesday.Business owner Jorge Gonzalez surveyed the damage on his El Rey Del Taco Taqueria truck; a busted headlight and racist graffiti sprayed on the front and side of the vehicle. The words "war skins" and a swastika was among some of the graffiti.

Gonzalez discovered the damage when he arrived at his second business -- a pizzeria -- Wednesday morning. It's located at the intersection of Maynard Road and Cary Towne Blvd.

"I was really surprised you know how people still doing these things nowadays," Gonzalez told Eyewitness News. "I mean, it looks really ugly."

His businesses weren't the only ones damaged. Several other surrounding businesses were tagged with vulgar, racist, profane language aimed at African-Americans, Asians, Jews, Latinos and homosexuals.

Video store manager Harold Yates duct taped cardboard over the graffiti on his front door.

"Total disgust," Yates said. "It's the wrong time in this country. "We're not -- this isn't our country. ignorance, pure and simple ignorance."

Cary police returned to the scene Wednesday morning. They say it was the work of two boys, a 12- and a 13-year-old from Cary.

Police were dispatched to the scene in response to a call about suspicious activity around midnight Wednesday. When they arrived, they say the boys ran and officers found them hiding behind a nearby dumpster. Officers say the boys had spray paint on their hands.

Police say the boys confessed to the crime but did not offer a motive and were released to their parents.

Yates said he believes the businesses were targeted.

"We have a Hispanic-owned pizza restaurant, we have a Middle Eastern-owned dry cleaning, and we have a Turkish, I believe, international market," he said.

At least one of the business owners is already striking back with words of his own. He covered the graffiti on his store with the words, "Hate cannot and will not be tolerated."

All of the the graffiti in the shopping area has been painted over.

Police are not releasing the names of the suspects because of their ages. The boys will now go through the juvenile justice system.


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