racist graffiti found near korean church fire

This week in Los Angeles, authorities are investigating a possible hate crime and arson at a North Hills Korean church, which vandalized with racist graffiti: Racist graffiti found near Korean church fire; arson unit probing.

A small fire broke out in the kitchen area of the Valley Central Presbyterian Church, which was vandalized and set on fire with combustible material that had been stuffed inside a toaster. The graffiti included racial epithets scrawled on the walls in marker pen and on the floor in baby powder:
Officers initially responded to a possible burglary call at the Valley Korean Central Presbyterian Church in North Hills and found a toaster oven on fire in one of the buildings on the property, a law enforcement source told The Times.

Racial epithets were scrawled with a marker pen on the walls and written with baby powder on the floor of the building, according to the source, who asked not to be named because the investigation is ongoing.

The Los Angeles Fire Department's arson unit was also probing the blaze. The fire broke out about 3:15 p.m. in a kitchen area, where combustibles had been placed in the toaster on the property in the 15300 block of West Plummer Street, department spokesman Erik Scott said.
According to a witness, the two suspects connected to the incident are believed to be between 13 and 15 years old. Anyone with information is asked to call arson investigators at (213) 893-9800. More here: LAPD probes racist graffiti at Korean church fire scene.

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