Swastikas found on LI home near burning SUV

August 12, 2010 2:23:53 PM PDT
Swastikas were spray painted on a home on Long Island, and a jeep set on fire in Selden.

This isn't the first time the home has been targeted.

"No words... I still can't believe this happened," said Alex Robles.

Robles lives with his wife, mom and 3-year-old daughter. First he saw quiet orange flames in the front of the house. Then he saw they were coming from his mom's Jeep and worried the car could explode, catching the house on fire.

"Luckily I wasn't sleeping I was awake. This one (his daughter) was shaking like a leaf when we got her up she was so scared," adds Robels.

His daughter, Arianna, was tucked in bed in her room just above the Jeep on fire.. Once everyone was safely out of the house, he saw the graffiti on the garage door.

What's the message? He says now that his family has been hit twice it is loud and clear.

"Hatred. Pure hatred I guess."

Police say they are certain, and that the hate crimes unit is investigating.

Unit "The family is not Jewish they are of Hispanic descent but to be clear you do not have to be Jewish," said Det. Sgt. Robert Reecks, with the Suffolk County Hate Crimes Unit.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.


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