Swastikas and 'Trump' spray-painted on vehicles in Edmonds
EDMONDS, Wash. -- The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and the Edmonds Police Department are investigating who painted swastikas on several cars.
The Sheriff's Office says residents of the 8700 block of 222nd Street Southwest discovered the vandalism Monday morning in their neighborhood just outside Edmonds.
The first 911 calls said the rear license plates had been spray-painted.
Eight vehicles had swastikas spray-painted on them. One vehicle had the word "Trump" painted on it, the Sheriff's Office said.
Similar vandalism also was reported inside Edmonds.
"You wonder why would you do it? What’s your purpose? What do you have in mind? What are you trying to accomplish? That would be my question," said victim Leyden Ingebrigtsen. "I don’t believe we were targeted. I just think it was a random act. And this individual just picked out cars that were easy to get to."
Edmonds police say there is not indication of a hate crime. It says it has received five reports of property damage involving swastikas. The first reports came from the Westgate neighborhood.
"At this point none of the of the victims feel that they were targeted due to their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental, physical or sensory handicap. However, the Edmonds Police Department is continuing to investigate these crimes as possible hate crimes in addition to the crime of vandalism," police said.
Police also said the FBI has been notified.
Snohomish County deputies are checking the neighborhood outside Edmonds for video evidence. The Sheriff's Office asks anyone who has information on the case to call 425-388-5250.
Edmonds police say people with information can call 425-771-0212 or leave tips at epdtips.edmondswa.gov .