Fairfax County police investigate three possible hate-related incidents

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FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA -- The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating three hate-related incidents.

One incident occurred in the 5900 block of Grand Pavilion Way in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. The victims reported to police that their apartment unit was broken into sometime between March 24 and March 27. Property was stolen and anti-Muslim graffiti was written on their wall.

"It just felt like a nightmare, felt like a bad dream that we were going to wake up from," said Shoaib, who asked DCW50 News at 10 that we not use his last name. He said his wife and two children were traveling and, on Monday morning, got a call from one of the apartment's maintenance workers who had gone into their unit to do some repairs. "They noticed that the whole house looked like a tornado had went through it."

Shoaib said electronics, jewelry, and gold were taken.

"The thing that really, really was bothering us was the fact that the holy Quran was ripped up and sort of scattered all over the living room floor," he said. He added that several paintings with Muslim verses on them were thrown to the ground and some were broken in half. There was also a derogatory reference to their religion written in large letters on their living room wall. "Who does that? What were they trying to accomplish, really?"

Shoaib said the burglary doesn’t bother him, what was was that someone thought that this was OK. He said the family immigrated from Dubai last year and knew racism was a issue they may face, but the amount of support they have gotten in response has been overwhelming. "We know for sure that we made the right choice moving here."

Police have not released any suspect information in this case.

The second incident occurred on the 3500 block of Sleepy Hollow Road in Falls Church, Va. On Monday morning, a property manager reported they discovered swastikas had been spray painted inside the building and on trees. Police said there are no suspects.

The third incident happened on the 7500 block of Accotink Park Rd. in Lake Accotink. On Monday afternoon, officers investigated a report of "swastikas and other derogatory graffiti on several large boulders". Police have no suspect information.

If you have any information about any of these cases, please contact Fairfax County Crimesolvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), by text by texting "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES (274637), or by email by clicking this link.