Police seek suspects in hate crime at Murrieta Valley High

Murrieta Police officers are asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects believed to be responsible for vandalism at Murr...

Murrieta Police officers are asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects believed to be responsible for vandalism at Murrieta Valley High School.

The incident was reported at 10:20 a.m. on April 24 at the high school, located at 42200 Nighthawk Way. The Sheriff's Department school resource officer assigned to the school met with administrators that morning and learned that the quad had been tagged with what was referred to as anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT and anti-African American graffiti.

Police have determined the vandalism to be a hate crime. Officers reviewed video of the area and identified two suspects seen about 1 a.m. Cost of the damage is estimated at about $300.

The first suspect is described as a person of unknown race, thin build, wearing a multi-colored body suit. The second suspect is described as a person of unknown race, stocky build, wearing a dark colored hooded jacket with dark pants and white shoes.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact Officer Noah Nichols at 951-461-6807 or via email at nnichols@MurrietaCA.gov. You can also report information anonymously via "We-Tip" by calling 1-800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or at www.wetip.com.

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