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Anti-gay slurs painted on Cambria home are still under investigation

Detectives are still investigating a series of hate crimes reported in Cambria on Sept. 14 and 15.

In the first incident, the words “fag from 432” were spray-painted on a residential garage door. In the second two incidents, the word “fag” was spray painted on the same door.

The number 432 is a reference to Cambria American Legion Post No. 432. The victim is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, with is affiliated with the post.

“It's still an open case, we're still working on it, people are keeping their eyes and ears open to see if something or someone comes forward,” Rob Bryn, Sheriff’s Department spokesman, told The Tribune on Tuesday.

“Whoever the perpetrator was either knows the victim or knows enough about him to know he’s affiliated with the Legion Post,” Bryn said, “so it was clearly not a random crime against an unknown victim.”

The person who did it could also be charged under malicious mischief laws, Bryn said. Conviction on either charge could result in a fine and time in county jail or state prison, depending on if charges are filed as a felony or misdemeanor.

Those decisions would be up to the district attorney, Bryn added, taking into consideration evidence and statements made by the perpetrator. “It’s a wobbler,” Bryn said. “It could go either way.”

Anyone with information about the crime can contact sheriff's investigators at 781-4500. Anonymous tip information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by calling 549-STOP (7867), online at www.slotips.org, or by text-messaging “SLOTIPS” plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

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