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Homeowners say they feel targeted after their property was vandalized

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FORT WAYNE Ind. (WPTA21) - Two families reported vandalism to their property in Indian Village this week. They say they both woke up Wednesday morning to eggs splattered on their house, spray paint across their driveways, and stickers covering their vehicles. 

"The back of my car was covered in gay pride stickers with BLM scratched into them,” Ben Williams said. “When I got home, I realized they had taken my blue lives American flag and sprayed it with black spray paint, they spray painted my sidewalk and my driveway, and they egged my house.” 

Williams says he feels targeted because of his flag showing his support for police officers.   

"I forgive the person who did this, I really do,” Williams said. “One part of me wants to clock them and level them, another part of me wants to sit down with them and say, let's have a discussion, why do you feel this way?” 

Williams says there could have been a better way for them to express their views rather than damaging their property.  

"If you want to come to my door, and tell me you did this, and you're wrong, I'll forgive you,” Williams said. “If you want to sit down, have a cup of coffee and share your views, I'll do it.” 

Gina York and her family live around the block, she says she feels the same.  

“We washed the house this morning, washed the egg off, he washed down my father's truck,” York said. “They egged my dad's truck, that’s an heirloom to me, why are you messing with something that don’t belong to you.” 

York says this isn’t the first time their home has been vandalized.  

“In a way I kind of feel like people are trying to push us out of here,” York said. “Because of everything we have hanging around but at the same time, I'm not going to run.” 

York says she filed a police report and officers told her to send photos of the vandalism. However, she says so far they do not know who is responsible for the damage.  

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Karli VanCleave

Karli VanCleave is a multimedia journalist at WPTA for the evening newscast. Karli is a Fort Wayne native and Indiana University Bloomington graduate.
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