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12-year-old charged in racist graffiti incidents in Geneva

Jul 26, 2019

Racist graffiti is seen on a shed on Elm Street in Geneva. A 12-year-old suspect has been charged, police said.
Credit Geneva Police

Police in Geneva said their investigation of two incidents of racist graffiti has led them to a 12-year-old suspect.

A swastika and the words "white power" were spray-painted on a storage shed, and two swastikas were spray-painted on the outside of a church.

A search warrant was issued for the suspect's home Thursday night. Police said they found enough evidence there to support the filing of a hate crime. They said the 12-year-old is the only person involved in the crimes.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, is being treated as a juvenile defendant.

Geneva Police Chief Michael Passalacqua reiterated that his department will not tolerate racially motivated crimes.