Several cars were vandalized with “offensive and disparaging slurs” at a UC Davis apartment complex early Saturday, campus police said.
At 3 a.m., a young white male was seen running from the Colleges at La Rue complex, 200 Orchard Park Drive, about the time the vandalism was discovered – eight slashed car tires and five vehicles scratched with a metal object, UC Davis police said. The scratches included the offensive messages.
In a written statement, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi condemned the acts.
“I am deeply troubled and disappointed that the campus community has experienced another incident that included damaged property and, even more grievously, offensive and disparaging slurs,” she said. “We condemn all hate crimes and will see that the responsible party or parties, once identified, are held accountable.”
She added, “Each of us has a responsibility to build and maintain a culture and climate based on mutual respect and caring. No matter what religious, political or personal beliefs we hold, as members of a university community we have an obligation to treat each other with respect and dignity.”
UC Davis police notified students and others on campus about the incident in an email sent Saturday.
The male was described as mid-20s, 150 pounds, 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants with a bike messenger bag. Anyone with information about the crime should call UC Davis Police Department at 530-754-2677.