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Man upset about bike theft painted swastikas, racial slurs in Arlington, police say

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A man upset that his bicycle was stolen spray-painted swastikas and anti-black racial slurs on buildings in east Arlington, police said Thursday.

Edward Gutierrez, 34, was charged with graffiti, a misdemeanor.

Because of the racial slurs that were used, the case will be presented to the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office as a hate crime, police said.

The first incident of racist graffiti was reported Tuesday on the outside of a vacant building in the 1800 block of East Arkansas Lane, police said. The department also received a report of racist graffiti visible on the outside of a car wash less than a mile away in the 1900 block of East Arkansas Lane.

There is a small restaurant attached to the car wash that was also covered in graffiti, police said.

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Emerson Clarridge covers crime and other breaking news for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He works evenings and reports on law enforcement affairs in Tarrant County. He previously was a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald and the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, New York.
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