NOPD is asking your help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for a theft and possible hate crime. The incident took place yesterday morning at approximately 1:10 A.M. in the 600 block of Julia Street.
The victim exited his building and observed an offensive statement regarding homosexuality that was spray painted on the shutters to the entry-way on the first floor of his unit. The victim further observed a rainbow flag missing from the second floor balcony. The victim viewed surveillance video from a neighbor’s residence that showed the suspect drive up to the location in a light-colored minivan. The suspect then removed a ladder from the van, climbed it to take down the flag and then put the flag in the van. The suspect then returned to the building and it appeared that he spray painted the shutters. The van was last seen traveling Northbound on Julia Street then unknown.
The NOPD in partnership with the FBI are investigation this incident as a hate crime.
The incident was captured on a surveillance video system and can be viewed on the link provided http://youtu.be/zkNyqU09dXY
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867) or Text your crime tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), Text TELLCS then your crime information. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to CRIMESTOPPERS at www.crimestoppersgno.org.
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An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.
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