Neighbor arrested after home hit with anti-Asian graffiti

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Police in San Leandro near San Francisco arrested a man Monday accused of spray painting a neighbor’s home with anti-Asian graffiti.

The Mercury News reports officers arrested Nicholas Swyers, 25, without incident after police served both an arrest warrant and search warrant.

Authorities first received a report Saturday night of a “for sale’ sign on the home scrawled with a “racial epithet within an anti-Asian message.”

The following morning police discovered anti-Asian hate graffiti on the garage door of the same home.

ABC7 News also reports the realtor received a piece of paper that read “This parking spot is NOT for G**KS.”

Investigators say the realtor, property owners, and most recent tenants are all Asian.

“I was struggling. I’m Asian and just doing business. I was wondering if I should stand up. We have to call the police,” the agent, who requested he not be identified, said to ABC7.

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