Los Angeles Police have branded the hanging of Turkish flags at Armenian schools this week a hate crime and issued an appeal today for help in catching the suspect, PJ Media reports.
Video surveillance captured a masked man jumping the gate at Holy Martyrs Armenian church and school in Encino at 4:40 a.m. on Jan. 29. Using zip ties, the person then hung a dozen Turkish flags around the property.
The LAPD said detectives investigating that crime learned of another similar incident at AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School in Winnetka, also a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley.
The suspect is described as 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, wearing a black mask, black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes.
The Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School and the AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School, in Encino and Canoga Park respectively, were vandalized overnight, in what police are calling a hate incident and a hate crime, after school officials reported Turkish flags hanging on campus.