Cooking barbecue is normally a pretty solitary job for Glen Miller, a co-owner and the grill guy at MoMo’s Meat Market in Sacramento’s Tahoe Park neighborhood.
But after MoMo’s and a neighborhood barbershop were marred by racist graffiti, Miller had plenty of friends Wednesday as the community lined up to support the businesses.
“We want to be supportive because this is not right,” said Joany Titherington of Oak Park.
A window was smashed at the MoMo’s restaurant, at 58th Street and Broadway, and vandals made their way into the neighboring Supreme Barber Lounge. An intruder spray-painted a backward swastika and a racial epithet inside the barbershop.
Miller said the young owner of Supreme Barber Lounge bore the brunt of the damage.
“They stole all his clippers,” said Miller, who added that chairs and mirrors were also damaged. “Pretty much, he lost his whole business.”
The incident was reported Tuesday to the Sacramento Police Department, which is investigating the break-in as a hate crime.
Titherington said she wished the “yahoos” behind it saw the line of customers that reached around the corner.
“What they did is they brought the neighborhood together,” said Titherington, who gave up on eating at MoMo’s on Wednesday after a long wait.
City Council members Eric Guerra and Steve Hansen posted pictures on Facebook with the caption, “Standing strong together against the racists that tried to hurt this business and our community.” Miller, standing at the grill, flashed the two-finger peace sign.
Painting contractor William Caldwell stopped to offer his team’s services and free paint from Home Depot.
“I like how the neighborhood pulled together,” Caldwell said.
A police spokesman said investigators are working with nearby businesses to see if there is any security video of the break-in. No suspects have been identified.
Sacramento police ask anyone with information regarding the crime to call the Police Department’s dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357. Anonymous tips may be submitted using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.