Thursday, August 23, 2007

Brentwood Family Shocked By Hate Attack On Home

BRENTWOOD -- A Brentwood family wrestled with their emotions Thursday as they talked about the individuals who ransacked their home, stole their 2007 Nissan SUV and other valuables and spray painted racist hate messages on their walls.

"They just hurt us…the words that they used," said Skiwayi Goolden, who lives in the home with her family. "All of that…It hurts. It hurt us."

Her mother Dorothy Barbee sat nearby, emotions rippling across her face.

"These people don't know how much they hurt people by doing something this stupid." she said. "He (her grandson) was gathering up his mother and father pictures -- he wanted me to take them home because he felt somebody was after them."

At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to a residential burglary in the 500 block of Douglas Drive. The home was ransacked, vandalized and the walls covered in spray paint.

"We've worked hard with our diversity committee and our community to make this a welcoming community," Brentwood police Lt. Tom Hansen. "It's unfortunate someone did something like this."

Hansen also said it is unfortunate that the family has children who have to see this.

The thief or thieves set about mindlessly destroying everything from furniture, to pictures to electronic equipment.

"There was extensive ransacking, it does appear they were in there a long time," Hansen said about the perpetrators.

The suspect or suspects also stole the family's 2007 Nissan Armada sport utility vehicle with license plate 5VWR339.

The incident was being investigated as a hate crime remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Brentwood police at (925) 634-6911.

Source: FoxReno

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