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    Alleged Victim of Racist Graffiti Stands by Story

    A North Bay man was defending himself Thursday, after questions were raised about him being the victim of a vandal who spray-painted racist graffiti on his vehicle. Thom Jensen reports. (Published Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017)

    A North Bay man was defending himself Thursday after questions were raised about him being the victim of a vandal who spray-painted racist graffiti on his vehicle.

    Steven Wilson, of Suisun City, told Fairfield police Monday the vandalism occurred in a parking lot after he and another man had an argument.

    Police opened a hate crime investigation.

    On Thursday, Wilson was answering questions about another photograph of the graffiti that spurred accusations he did it himself to raise money.

    "All of those posts you see on Facebook; I didn't put them there," Wilson said. "Other people did. I have people very upset with me right now."

    Wilson stood by his story, saying someone scrawled racist remarks across the both sides of his SUV as well as the rear.

    "It said (N-word) go home, or whatever it said," Wilson said.

    However, one photo shared by Wilson and posted on social media shows the slur ending with the word "go." Then a newer photo shows the graffiti ending with "go home."

    "And this is what happened. That night, it just said 'go,'" and then he was tagged a second time while visiting a friend in Richmond, he said.

    Wilson said someone finished the sentence, adding the word "home."

    When asked if he thought it was the same person, Wilson shook his head and said, "No, uh uh. No uh uh, not the same person, because it was different paint."

    Wilson's Lincoln SUV had been buffed clean by Thursday.

    Wilson said his only GoFundMe site is one he set up two weeks ago to raise money for colon cancer surgery. He said a second GoFundMe asking for money to clean up his SUV was organized by a neighbor without his approval.

    "I didn't ask for none of this, for none of this!" he said.

    Fairfield police said they have no new updates on the case but are looking into all the accusations. For now, they said, it is still being investigated as a hate crime.

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