Vandals target Navy vet’s cars in hate crime, outside California home

Saturday morning, Navy vet Rickie Atkins came out to the street to find his family’s Acura and BMW sedans ‘caked in a chalky film’. It appears the dust came from two spent fire extinguishers left near the cars, in front of his southern California home – ABC 10 reported.

Even more disturbing is what he found written in the dust.  Atkins tells the local station the vandals wrote  obscenities, the N-word and the letters ‘OHS’ for nearby Olympian High – where his son and daughter  attend school.

Even though Atkins believes this was just the work of some local kids “being stupid, “he still wants to send a message that he will not tolerate this kind of hate– and neither will his son.

“That would charge his emotion because that’s what would charge mine. I wouldn’t let someone say that to my face without a reaction,” said Atkins.

The Chula Vista veteran will have to shell out hundreds of dollars to repair the damage to both his cars.

Police are looking into whether this case has possible ties to a series of crimes traced back to the local high school.  Last month, they spoke about an ‘ongoing  concern’ after a series of arrests linking high school students to  theft, vandalism and burglaries in the area.

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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