Spotting bigots worth $20,000

first_imgLANCASTER – Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is offering $20,000 in reward money for information in two racially motivated vandalism incidents at two county parks in the Antelope Valley. The latest incident occurred last week at Apollo Park, where vandals spray-painted racial epithets inside an office building and stole a county truck and tools. A week earlier, someone etched “KKK” on the vehicle of an African-American park employee at Steve Sorensen Park in Lake Los Angeles. “The supervisor offers rewards in instances like these when law enforcement feels it will be an important tool in identifying and apprehending suspects in hate crimes,” said Tony Bell, his spokesman. “Hate crimes like these are an affront to the community and will not go unpunished.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The board will take action on the rewards at today’s meeting. Anyone with information on the two incidents is being asked to contact Lt. Don Downton at the Lancaster sheriff’s station at (661) 940-3840. The Apollo Park incident occurred the evening of Oct. 3. The Sorensen Park incident occurred between the hours of 4:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sept. 26. At Sorensen Park, “KKK” was etched on the left side of the hatchback, below the window, on recreation-services leader Eugene Washington’s 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser. Washington said he has had no previous racial trouble in the 2 1/2 or three months he has worked at the park. Authorities assume the “KKK” stands for the Ku Klux Klan, a secret society of white males who commit crimes of bigotry and hate. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more