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Man arrested on felony hate crime charge for anti-gay graffiti at UC Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. — A California man faces a felony hate crime charge after officers spotted him spray painting anti-gay graffiti on campus buildings at the University of California-Berkeley.

Anthony Garcia, 23, of Huntington Park, Calif., was booked on a hate crime charge after officers caught him following a foot chase on Saturday night, reported the Oakland Tribune.

During the chase, police said Garcia fell and cut his forehead; a second suspect fled the scene.

The vandalism was categorized as a hate crime due to its derogatory references towards sexual orientation.

Garcia is not enrolled as a student at UC Berkeley, police said.

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