Three teens charged in Montco hate crime

February 10, 2011 12:49:19 PM PST
Three teenagers are charged in the hate-related vandalism incident in Franconia Township.

Police say the suspects are a 15-year-old female and a 17-year-old male and female.

The three juveniles are being charged with ethnic intimidation, criminal mischief, harassment, loitering and prowling at night, criminal trespassing, and other related charges.

Their names are being withheld as they are juveniles.

Police say investigation is still pending on an 18-year-old male on charges ranging from ethnic intimidation, criminal mischief, harassment, loitering and prowling at night, criminal trespassing, and other related charges.

Officers were called to a home on the 100 block of Nectar Run shortly after midnight on Saturday morning.

One of the occupants of the home had just arrived there to find that the home and cars in the driveway had been spray-painted sometime during the evening.

The graffiti consisted of swastikas as well as other hate-related ethnic slurs.

The family who resides in the home is of Jewish descent.

The family did not wish to speak on camera to Action News, but neighbors and authorities spoke on their behalf.

"It actually brought sickness to my stomach and all the neighbors felt that way," neighbor Melanie Hagen said.

"Just for the case of this family and any family that's ever had their home vandalized or spraypainted with anything, but have it done with a slur to their ethnicity is pretty despicable," Franconia Township Police Chief Joe Kozeniewski said.

Police believe this was an isolated incident within the township.


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