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Arrests in Arcade vandalism case lead to hate crime charges

Four suspects face hate crime charges after police arrested them Sunday night in connection to a string of vandalism complaints in Arcade.

According to the Arcade Police Department, the suspects were arrested around 9 p.m. Sunday and charged on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a hate crime after several cars in town were spray-painted with racial slurs and swastikas over the weekend. Officers said the four suspects vandalized the cars along with several street signs, a boat and other property in the village.

One suspect, 20-year-old Damien Brown from North Collins, is in Wyoming County Jail on $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond bail, facing charges of conspiracy to commit hate crime and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a felony hate crime. The other three unidentified suspects, ages 16, 16 and 17, are not in custody but face misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to commit a hate crime.

According to the police report, the four suspects are also believed to be responsible for vandalism incidents in the Town of Sardinia and the Town of Orchard Park, and more charges are pending in those towns.

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