A Henrietta man has been arrested for allegedly spray painting racist and homophobic graffiti on a car earlier this month.
Evan Dombroski, 18, faces two felony charges including criminal mischief as a hate crime. Police say he spray painted a swastika, the N-word, and other homophobic and racial slurs on the car parked on Spier Avenue in Brighton.
The New York State Hate Crime Task Force helped in making the arrest. Its representatives say they've seen an increase in these types of incidents.
"We actually had three hate crimes this past week, so it seems to be more and more showing up," New York State Police Captain Carolyn Mullin said. "We're seeing a lot of swastikas, a lot of anti-African American, a lot of anti-homosexual and it's an ongoing thing around the country."
Police say if you feel you are targeted as a victim of hate crime, do not be afraid to come forward as they take these matters very seriously. Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle urges everyone to take a stand if you see hate crimes committed against any resident in your community.
"Hate has no place in this community," said Moehle. "This is a community that is rich in cultural heritage, in different faith traditions. This is a community; tolerance isn't the right word. We celebrate in Brighton, we celebrate our diversity. It's one of the important things that make us strong in our community, and going along with that is to take a strong stand."
Dombroski was arraigned Monday and released from custody.