Request for information on potential hate crimes

Cpl. Nick Briggs, PIO

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 2:08 p.m.

SPD continues to investigate a series of property crimes which appear to target symbols, establishments, and property associated with our LGBTQ community. Detectives are utilizing a variety of investigative tools, and are releasing some photos in the hopes community members can help identify persons or items possibly involved in these incidents.

If you recognize any of the subjects, their clothing, or other distinctive features, you’re asked to email Sgt. Eckersley at We know some of these photos aren’t of high quality or particularly illustrative of the individuals, however persons familiar with the suspects may recognize the combination of clothing and physical appearance.

Washington State’s hate crime statute, RCW 9A.36.080, makes it a felony offense to maliciously and intentionally cause physical damage to another’s property because of the suspect’s perception of the victim’s “race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or mental, physical, or sensory disability.” While the investigation is on-going, it is important to recognize the serious nature of these offenses as the harm involves much more than the mere damage to property.

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