Possible hate crime targeting Vietnamese-American family under investigation in southwest Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City police are looking into an overnight vandalism case as a possible hate crime. Vehicles were set on fire and a racial epithet was spray-painted on a garage.
BY JULIANA KEEPING jkeeping@opubco.com Modified: June 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm •  Published: June 27, 2013

Loud pops from burning vehicles early Thursday drew members of a Vietnamese-American family outside of their home.

Family members found a racial slur and two vehicles on fire at the home they've lived in since the late 1990s.

Police are investigating the potential hate crime at 9517 SW 33, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

The racial epithet “was directed to the ethnicity of the people who live there,” Nelson said.

Meanwhile, homeowner Ha Hoang said he has no enemies and no idea who would target his family. The Oklahoma City resident works at a credit union.

“We've never had any problems, break-ins or anything,” he said.

An adult son and daughter and the daughter's boyfriend were home watching a movie when the incident occurred about 2 a.m., police said.

The Oklahoma City criminal intelligence unit, the Oklahoma City Fire Department and the FBI are investigating.

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