Investigators are looking into three unidentified men who were seen plastering white nationalist stickers on several Asian American-owned businesses in Seattle Chinatown.
Detectives from the Bias Crime Unit of the Seattle Police are investigating the suspects who wore masks and dark sunglasses as they targeted the businesses in the Chinatown-International District on April 12, reports Q13 News.
Concerned citizens in the community removed most of the stickers and notified the authorities. After the initial investigations, officers noted that the suspects may be in a white nationalist hate group associated with the Patriot Front. The stickers included known supremacist slogans such as “America First” and “Better Dead Than Red.”
A store owner shared how the men acted while posting the stickers, according to KOMO News.
“They were staring at me the whole time, because when I came out they kept looking at me non-stop,” the store owner was quoted as saying.
According to Seattle Police, there has recently been a spate of reports from members of the Asian American community for being the targets of racism and hate crimes.
They are now encouraging anyone who is targeted by such attacks to call 911.