Man yells racial slur, hurls rock into home of black family in Huntington Beach, police say


Huntington Beach police are investigating a possible hate-motivated attack against a black family after a man yelled racial slurs and threw a rock at their apartment’s sliding glass door.

The attack occurred about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday at an apartment complex at Warner Avenue and Edwards Street, Officer Jennifer Marlatt said.

The resident was resting on his balcony when he saw a white male riding his bicycle with flashing lights, she said. The resident went into his apartment, but noticed the light was now flashing outside his apartment.


He looked outside and saw the bicycle lying on the sidewalk. The man walked into a recessed area near a flood control channel and picked up an item, Marlatt said.

Shortly thereafter, the resident and his mother heard a racial slur, then a rock crashed through their sliding glass door. She looked outside the window and saw a man on a bicycle with a flashing light riding south on Edwards.

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Police went to the neighborhood, but did not find the suspect, Marlatt said.

“The residents recently moved into the location and said they had not had any issues with anyone,” she said.

Elisha Caballero told KCBS-TV she heard the man say, “I am going to kill you,” followed by a racial slur.

The family’s sliding glass door has been boarded with slabs of plywood, but she said they still live in fear.

“We know it was done out of a hate,” she told the news station. “I just want him to know we forgive him. Even though we don’t agree. Even though we don’t feel the same way towards each other, we need to respect one another.”

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