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Man Arrested on Suspicion of Spray-Painting Racist Messages at San Leandro Unified School District Office

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    A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection to hate-motivated graffiti at the San Leandro Unified School District office, police said on Wednesday. Ian Cull reports. (Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016)

    A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection to hate-motivated graffiti at the San Leandro Unified School District office, police said on Wednesday.

    The graffiti, which was racial slurs and symbols spray-painted on school district office doors was discovered earlier in the week.

    Investigators said the suspect used red and white paint for the racist graffiti. The man arrrested on Wednesday was spotted on a bike, which was newly painted in the same colors as the graffiti, police said.

    Before 8 a.m. Monday, a district employee found the slurs and symbols on office doors to an annex building at 14735 Juniper St. Employees use the doors that were spray-painted, police said.

    The vandalism occurred sometime between Friday evening and early Monday morning.

    Police during the investigation spoke with nearby residents, collected evidence and reviewed surveillance video to identify a suspect.

    "This crime is unacceptable," police Lt. Robert McManus said in a statement.

    "Our job is to ensure that all people are protected by state and constitutional laws, and to arrest those who are responsible for crimes such as this and bring them to justice," McManus said.

    School district officials also cooperated in the investigation, police said.

    Employees removed the graffiti once police viewed it, school district spokeswoman Carla Spain said.

    School district officials notified staff of the graffiti on Monday morning and the district superintendent addressed the public about the case at a school board meeting Tuesday.

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