Swastikas Painted On Garage Doors Of L.I. Home

SELDEN, NY (CBS 2/WCBS 880) – A family on Long Island woke up Thursday to messages of hate painted on their home – and their car in flames – and it’s a nightmare they’ve lived through before.

Swastikas were painted on the garage doors, and their Jeep Cherokee burned in the driveway shortly after midnight, reports CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu.

“It makes me angry, annoyed, frustrated,” homeowner Alex Robles said. “I had painted that over, and now I’m going to have to paint it over again.”

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports from Long Island

The Robles family, including three-year-old daughter Arriana, faced these same signs of hate less than a year ago.

“Back in October of 2009, we had a very similar situation at this house,” Det. Sgt. Robert Reecks, of the Suffolk County Police Department Hate Crimes Unit, said. “The only thing different from this particular incident was the car was not set on fire.”

“Last time they put racial slurs on the car…'[expletive] you’ and things like that, and a swastika on the hood,” Robles said.

Robles lives at the home with his family and his mother, who bought the house decades ago after emigrating from Puerto Rico.

“I don’t think it had anything to do with the race or anything,” Robles said. “I just think that whoever did this is just doing this to show their hatred.”

Robles said he was startled awake at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

“We were awoken to a loud thumping noise,” says Robles. “I heard the car alarm went off, and looked out the window, and the car was on fire.”

Robles says he woke up his wife, his mother, and grabbed his daughter and ran out of the house.

Robles says, “Then we see swastikas on the garage door, and this is the second time this has happened within the past nine months.”

Robles said the flames could have reached his daughter’s bedroom window, which is right above the garage.

“God forbid it would’ve actually gone up more, then it could’ve reached the second floor of the house, and she was sleeping,” Robles said.

As Suffolk County’s arson squad and hate crimes unit investigate, Robles’ greatest fear is what might happen next time.

“We don’t know if this is going to escalate – it could be tomorrow, it could be nine months again later – we don’t know,” Robles said. “We don’t know what can be done next if they were to set the house on fire.”

Robles said police are looking into the possibility that the vandal may be someone who had a business dispute with his mother, but no arrests have been made so far.

Robles said he grew up in the house, and he has no plans of being scared into moving out of the neighborhood.

Suffolk County Police said they’re increasing patrols in the area.

  • lenny

    that’s not a nazi symbol, it’s going clockwise. it’s native american. i forget what nation…

  • anthony

    shoot the vandals, they trespassed, its unfortunate that people can’t take justice in their own hands, its a shame to be scared inside your own home

  • Ricardo Ramos

    Puertoricans do not immigrate, as stated by your reporter, being american citizens, we move to any state we desire.

  • shipdog7

    I’m sure the FBI has set up surveillance cameras all over his property. Hate crimes are getting more common. Lots of angry people out there.

  • Jose

    This is a horrible incident and I hope they find the perpetrators of this cowardice act. Why is Mr. Robles quote, “God forbid. It could have been worse” edited and the name God incomplete?

    • Paul

      Good point, Jose. It is a Jewish habit not to pronounce or write the name of God (hence the G_d). Mr. Robles is Hispanic, likely Catholic, hence there should be no prohibition on writing out God completely.

  • anonymous

    Hate fail.

  • XYZ

    LOLZ, how many of u know the real meaning of swastika?

  • NYCBoy

    Ahh, the handiwork of cowards. Little cockroaches scurrying
    around in the dark. Vandalizing, hating, but not the least bit worthy.
    If you have something to say, show your face…if you are so weak
    and self-loathing that you have to do this to other people…be prepared
    to be prosecuted to the full extend of the law + the community.

  • Maydja Look

    Nice speling (yes, that wuz intenchinall).

  • THE Truth

    Swastikas, that is not a swastika. Vandels need to o there homework so do reporters. That is a buddist symbol for peace. A swastika is the opposite way and is on an angle. People have that persepsion of the swastika but the Nazi copied it of the Buddist Temples. Just flippling it and turnng it clockwise. I know this not in a peaceful manner that it was done. The vandels should have the hand dunked in acid to show them how to keep the hand to themselves. It erks me to know that this symbol for peace is being recognized as a Nazi swastika. Keep you eys open people the uneducated are coming out of the woodworks.

  • DanTe

    Oops. Sorry, meant to say racists in CBS. not Newsday. Was looking up the John White railroading story on Newsday.

  • DanTe

    He better not defend himself when they come to kill him and his family. Long Island frowns upon minorities killing rampaging white boys in self defense. Just look at the John White case in Miller Place.

    Funny how the racists in Newsday deleted the first post.

  • PR_one

    You call an criminal act that is no less than attempted murder as an act of vandalism. This are the same wing nuts racist that when they are called for what they are, immediately used the victim card.

  • Branwell

    Typical Selden white trash. Nothing new.

  • Mathman34

    Oh brother…now watch CBS (the communist broadcasting network) just go nutso on this one incident of stupidity.

  • Hank

    Robles: BUY A SHOTGUN !

  • Keisha McRibb

    Imagine what the parents of this/these sh*theads must be like.

  • Dee Tee

    Hatred is a multi-ethnic blanket & can be directed at anyone!!

  • Wai

    The orientation of the swastikas are correct, if you’re a native American or Asian, because this symbol was used long before Hitler usurped it for his nefarious purposes. The original symbol is one of peace and harmony with nature’s 4 elements. Hitler’s symbol is actually the one that’s backwards and represents the letter “F” (forget what those 4 Fs stood for) no matter which way you turned it.

    And it didn’t matter if the family targeted was Jewish or not; the Nazis hated everybody that did not fit their physical ideal of the perfect human, which is ironic in itself because Hitler was short, dark-haired, ill-tempered and missing one testicle due to testicular cancer early in his childhood.

    • Lenora

      Very interesting information.

  • Dee Tee

    Hatred is alive and well on Long Island!!

  • valerie

    The vandal must be dyslexic as well as an idiot. This is sad and frightening.

  • ItsAmerica

    It is one thing being a vandel, it is another admitting to the entire world you are stupid. These Swastikas are backwards.

    • hindu

      Actually if this is a hate related crime then they made the sign they were going for because the original swastika belongs to hinduism which nazis hijacked.
      Whatever the case be, this is deplorable.

    • mysmiley

      Good point but watch your vandal spelling

  • mike

    Unreal. One more reason why I cant wait to get off LI.

    • Bob

      What magical place without ignorant and destructive people will you be moving to?

  • Nunz

    Thats so wrong,keep your eyes open people these vandels must be caught..

    • Bob

      or vandals

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