FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- When a spray-painted swastika appeared on Courtney Johnson’s car overnight, her family began to question whether their home of three years was truly safe.
"(My daughter) is actually with her grandparents at the moment because she’s kind of uncomfortable even being at home," Johnson said Tuesday afternoon.
Police documents indicate that Johnson and at least four other residents of Arbor Pointe Apartments were targeted by vandals Friday night, waking up to discover graffiti and racial hate symbols on their vehicles.
It’s not the first time vehicles in the complex’s lot have been tampered with, Johnson said -- months ago, she claimed that someone loosened the lug nuts on her tires, creating a potentially deadly situation for her on the road.
Fairfield police said they were investigating the reports of vandalism. In the meantime, Johnson said she is considering a move.
“Any time anybody puts any type of racial term, especially a symbol like that (on a car), that’s a hate crime,” she said. “I feel like it’s not being taken seriously."