El Cerrito police hopes video surveillance on Arlington Boulevard caught hate crime suspect

El Cerrito police say woman gave sister's name upon arrest

El Cerrito police investigators are asking all residents living on or near Arlington Boulevard to review their surveillance footage for activity that occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 24, when a hate crime targeted a local family.

The hate crime may have occurred between 1:30 a.m. and 4 a.m., police said. During that time, the El Cerrito family found two logs burning under its car along with a cardboard sign left on their lawn that stated ‘Go away, n—–,’ according to the Contra Costa Times, citing police.

The family told the Times they have no idea why they might have been targeted and said nothing like this has happened after decades of living in the home.

El Cerrito police hope local residents can uncover video surveillance footage that finds the suspect in a vehicle, bike or on foot during those early morning hours. Anyone with video footage or additional information is encouraged to reach out to ECPD investigators at investigations@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us

On Wednesday, the Police Department will is set to make a brief presentation at the Human Relations Commission meeting about the response to the incident. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito CA 94530.