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    A University of California, Berkeley student is accused of a vandalism spree that left a neighborhood in spray paint. Jodi Hernandez reports.

    (Published Friday, July 14, 2017)

    A University of California, Berkeley student is accused of a vandalism spree that left a neighborhood in spray paint.

    Berkeley police arrested 21-year-old Ismael Chamu on Thursday night. Chamu, a junior at Cal, is allegedly responsible for 35 incidents of vandalism during a six- to eight-hour period, including graffiti and tire slashings.

    But it is not just a simple case of vandalism. Police said the anti-white message behind some of the graffiti makes it a hate crime.

    Chamu's friends and classmates said they do not believe he is responsible for the vandalism spree. They say Chamu is an immigrant rights advocate.

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