Madison Police Investigate Racist Graffiti

Police Say It Doesn't Appear Specific People Were Targeted

MADISON, Wis. - The Madison Police Department said that it has received several complaints regarding graffiti found spray painted Tuesday morning in a neighborhood on the city's far West Side.

Police said at least one home, a utility trailer and several fences in the Frisch Road area had swastikas and other things painted on them in red.

An investigating officer said it does not appear specific people were targeted but more likely the general area. Police said graffiti was also found on Jacobs Way and Winston Drive.

One resident said it's the 10th or 11th time she's been the victim of graffiti but that it's usually not racially charged.

Another homeowner in the area said it's the first time she's been a victim.

"It seems to be very random. I don't know of any racial discrimination in our neighborhood or religious discrimination in our neighborhood, so, to me, it seems like an isolated incident and it seems random," said Paula Sparks, whose property was tagged with graffiti.

Police said anyone with information on the person or people who caused the damage should call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014. Callers can remain anonymous and maybe eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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