WEST HOLLYWOOD—A possible hate crime is being investigated by officials from the West Hollywood Sheriff Station after a building was found tagged with graffiti on Tuesday, December 31.
An employee of the Block Party store located on the 8800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, came to work January 1, 2020 and discovered the graffitied images on the window. The image was of two stars, one shaped as what appears to be the Star of David with the initials “GD” and “LK” surrounding it.
A business located near the Block Party store provided footage of the crime that transpired. It shows a Caucasian male possibly in his mid-twenties to early thirties wearing a blue shirt and jeans. He was carrying a backpack and a white bag in his hand.
When the suspect reached the store, he pulled the spray paint out of the white bag and began to tag the store. It only took the suspect a few seconds to commit the crime. He is shown placing the spray paint can back into the bag and leaving the scene. According to the video, the crime appears to have transpired in broad daylight with dozens of cars driving by as the suspect committed the act.
According to authorities, the graffiti hasn’t been officially deemed anti-Semitic. During investigation, if detectives find that the graffiti is anti-semitic in nature the vandalism will be elevated to a hate crime.
This follows another vandalism incident that transpired on December 29 where a popular bar, the Bayou WeHo, was tagged. The bar had a sign hung that read, “Equality isn’t a movement it’s the norm.” Underneath someone had written “Hitler was right.”
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the LASD West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at 310-855-8850.