A couple in Suwanee, Georgia discovered their car spray-painted with the racial slur “ch*nk” last Friday, police said.
Sonethida Siharath and her husband were walking back to their Nissan Altima after watching the movie at the Movie Tavern at 2855 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road on Feb. 26 after 9 p.m. when they spotted the derogatory term for Asian people on the vehicle’s passenger side spray-painted in black.
Siharath, who is Laotian, hopes that local police find who vandalized their car, but there have been no updates in the case so far, 11Alive reported.
One witness only managed to give a vague description of the suspects: they were wearing black clothing, black masks and have black hair, according to police.
It is unclear how many suspects were involved, but witnesses said they drove off in an older white four-door sedan.
Siharath, who has lived in Suwanee for years and worked as a school teacher for 21 years, said this is the first time she has experienced such an incident.
“Why would you target me?” she asked. “They’re targeting us for what reasons?”
Suwanee Police ask for anyone with more information about the incident to reach out to Detective Dawn Zaenglein at 770-904-7642.
The vandalism follows the rising hate crimes against Asian Americans.
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