Aurora police host meeting after hate crime graffiti resurfaces

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AURORA, Colo. -- A community meeting was called at an apartment complex that has been a target of racist graffiti. The Aurora Police Department was on hand to answer questions from residents after a rash of hate crimes hit their residences.

“They’re not alone,” police Sgt. Chris Amsler said. “We’re here for them, we want to work with them and we want to find the persons who have been committing the heinous act.”

The vandals have struck five units at the Sonoma Resort at Saddle Rock complex. Residents believe the criminals are targeting black residents and interracial couples.

Spray-painted racial slurs on doors and threatening notes claiming to be the KKK are some of the crimes reported.

“It’s scary,” one resident who asked to remain anonymous said. “You’re afraid to walk out your door to see if there’s a sign on your door. A lot of the community is scared it is going to escalate.”

Police have stepped up patrols in the area and say there is much more work they’re doing behind the scenes.

“We have a lot of resources on this investigation,” Amsler said. “We have our district detectives working on this. Our crime lab has been on this case. We are doing everything we can.”

Residents are thankful for the support and say they are in the fight together.

“The community is really coming together,” a resident said. “And they want to make sure it doesn’t happen to their neighbor.”

Police have increased the reward to $3,500 for anyone with information about these crimes that lead to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 303-627-3156 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

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