BUENA PARK, CA – A 20-year-old man was arrested Dec 9 on suspicion of vandalizing the Gurdwara Sigh Sahib here and a truck in the gurdwara parking lot on Dec 6. Brodie Durazo, a resident of the Buena Park Manor trailer park in close proximity to the gurdwara, was arrested by the Buena Park police.
Buena Park police Cpl. Bret Carter said the Police officers first encountered Durazo while responding to a vandalism call early Dec 6 at the Manor trailer park. Durazo admitted to spraying gang graffiti on a wall, which sits next to the gurdwara, police said. He agreed to clean the wall in exchange for park representatives not pressing charges and was not arrested. The same evening gurdwara officials reported graffiti on their parking lot walls and on the truck. Upon review of the markings, investigators realized it looked identical to the writing found earlier at the trailer park. “It was the same exact thing and the same exact colors,” Carter said.
Durazo was arrested on Dec 9 after confessing to the vandalism. The case was handed over to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
INLAND SIKHS STAND WITH MUSLIMS:
Members of the Sikh community in Riverside and across the nation say it’s their duty to stand with the Islamic community in the wake of the San Bernardino mass shooting.
“It hurts to see that the community that we moved into says we need to move back to our own country,” said Simran Singh of Riverside outside Riverside Gurdwara. “This is our country. We stand for peace.”
His father, Parmjit Singh of Riverside, said the gurdwara prayed for the shooting victims.
“It doesn’t matter the religion,” Parmjit Singh said. “There should not be innocent people killed from anywhere.”
Nationwide, Sikhs and Muslims are banding together to defend their respective religions.
“We are in this fight together,” said Gurjot Kaur, a senior staff attorney at The Sikh Coalition, founded the night of Sept. 11.
The turban represents the Sikh commitment to equality and defending the defenseless, said Simran Singh, a UCLA student. Since 1989, the Riverside Gurdwara has given food to the needy every day, he added.
Reports of bullying, harassment and vandalism against Sikhs have risen in recent weeks. Simran Singh said local Sikhs have been called “bin Laden,” “Taliban” and “ISIS” since the Dec. 2 shooting.
TWO SOCAL MOSQUES VANDALIZED:
Two mosques were attacked by vandals in in the city of Hawthorne .Authorities are investigating these incidents as possible hate crimes, police said.
Police in Hawthorne responded on Dec 13 morning to a report of vandalism and a possible explosive device in front of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Baitus-Salaam Mosque, said the Hawthorne Police Department, whose detectives are leading the investigation. Officers found graffiti on a fence saying “Jesus,” as well as what “appeared to be a hand-grenade type of device in the driveway,” said police. The area was evacuated and the LA County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad responded.
It was later determined that the device “was a plastic replica of a hand-grenade,” police said. Separately, the police department was called about vandalism at the Islamic Center of Hawthorne, where the front of the building was spray-painted with the phrase, “Jesus is the way,” Hawthorne police said. Both incidents appear to have occurred overnight, police said. The FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office is also investigating. Just days before these mosque attacks in Hawthorne, a fire was reported at the Islamic Society of Palm Springs in Coachella. Carl James Dial, 23, was arrested in connection with the fire. Dial faces five felony charges including arson, commission of a hate crime and second-degree burglary, according to arrest records.
SIKH BRONCOS FANS HARASSED:
Three Sikh Americans were harassed by security staff and initially denied entry to watch an NFL game in San Diego last week because they were wearing turbans. Even though Verinder Malhi explained to a guard that his religion prohibited him and his friends from removing their headgear, the men were told the only way they were going to see the Broncos-Chargers game was to do as they were told. Though the men who drove seven hours from Fresno to San Diego, were let inside the stadium, the security guard told them they could not wear their turbans if they ever returned. Keeping calm, the four friends were eventually allowed inside Qualcomm Stadium still wearing their turbans, but their humiliation was not-yet complete. As they were leaving, their car was subjected to a search by a bomb-sniffing dog after a member of the public phoned police because they saw the men ‘suspiciously’ putting a bag inside the trunk.