Fairfax County Police investigate hate graffiti at religious centers

ANNANDALE, VA -- Fairfax County Police are investigating two incidents of hate graffiti being spray-painted on two religious centers that are only a few blocks apart.

Police said at around 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, staff at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Northern Virginia on the 8900 block of Little River Turnpike reported bias-motivated graffiti. Anti-Semitic symbols and words had been spray-painted around two sides of the building.

Then, at around 8:50 a.m., police received a call from staff at the Little River United Church of Christ on the 8400 block of Little River Turnpike for bias-motivated graffiti. Anti-religious symbols and words spray-painted around the property.

Police said no other damage was done at either site and the suspect(s) did not enter any of the buildings.

Police believe the two incidents are related.

Police added they have obtained surveillance video from the JCC and are working to identify a suspect or suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131 or Crimes Solvers or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).