KATY, Texas – The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said a teen who they believe spray-painted as many as 16 vehicles in the Hickory Creek neighborhood with racist, vulgar language and images has been charged.
Deputies said the N-word was spray-painted on vehicles and driveways, along with the words “be gone.” On June 13, Dominic Reale, 18, was charged with felony graffiti and could face additional hate crime-related charges.
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Investigators said on June 3 starting at 5:45 a.m., the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office received more than a dozen calls in the 6900-7000 blocks of Pembrough Lane and Glen Rosa Drive, in the Katy area of Fort Bend County.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they said they found the vehicles spray-painted with racial slurs and graphic drawings. After reviewing surveillance video from area homes, detectives said they were able to identify Reale.
Reale’s bond has been set at $5,000. Deputies said he was already in the Fort Bend County Jail for an unrelated assault charge.