Hoboken Police investigate anti-Asian hate speech

According to the Hoboken Police Department, on Saturday, May 2 , Hoboken uniformed police officers responded to 222 Clinton St. for a report of criminal mischief on the ground in front of the garage doors.

When officers arrived they found the following anti-Asian hate speech spray painted :

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“1 AMOR = 3 C***** USA #1 C***** DIE.”

No suspects were in the area at the time.

Investigative Detectives Bret Globke and Officer Ryan Houghton spoke to numerous residents in the area.

None had any idea of who might have done this, There have been no similar reported incidents in this area.

Detectives secured surveillance footagewhich shows a suspect in the area at approximately 10:56 p.m. on May 1.

The male suspect walked south on Clinton Street from Third Street.

The suspect stopped in front of the garage door of 222 Clinton St. and proceeded to spray paint on the ground.

The suspect then entered the parking lot of the building and shortly after, left the lot and walked south on Clinton toward Second Street at approximately 11:11 p.m.

The suspect was last seen in the area of Second and Clinton streets.

At this time the suspect can be described as a light-skinned male, bald, with a medium build, wearing dark-colored clothing and dark shoes.

 “Hate has absolutely no place in Hoboken – not now, not in the future, not ever,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “Hoboken is a fair and welcoming City where all are equal and accepted, and I stand with our Asian American community in condemning this racist act in the strongest terms possible. I thank our Hoboken Police Department for responding to the scene and taking quick action to investigate this incident. I encourage anyone with information about this act to please call the police at 201-420-2113 or 201-420-5112.”

Anyone with information can call detective John Quinones at 201-420-2113 or Detective Sgt. William Collins at 201-420-5112, or email them at:  Quinonesj@hobokenpd.org and collinsw@hobokenpd.org

We will provide an update tomorrow.

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