ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - Roswell Police are searching for a group of vandals that appear to be targeting workers at a local HIV and AIDS resource center.
They said someone slashed employees' car tires and left three threatening notes yesterday and the victims do not believe it was a random attack.
"We want people to be able to live, love and be, so the fact that someone feels like they need to stop that just is devastating for the human race," said Alianza Prevention Educator Holly Bartlett.
She said she was going through her normal routine yesterday when she and her coworkers stepped outside and found three slashed tires on three separate employee cars with derogatory notes left next to the damage.
"Frustrating is a good word for it, but heartbreaking is more so the truth for me and I think a lot of the staff because what we do is stand up for the people who hurt on a regular basis," said Bartlett.
Alianza is one of the only HIV clinics in southeast New Mexico that helps people living with HIV and provides education about aids to the surrounding communities.
That's why Alianza Executive Director Sashua Patton thinks her business was an easy target.
"I'm sad for the people who feel like their only way back at us is through violence or through threats," said Patton.
Violence and threats that police aren't sure how to classify.
"It may have been somebody walking by that was just being mean or it could have been someone with a different agenda," said Roswell Police Sergeant Jim Preston.
Alianza workers are confident they were targeted.
"Are we really going to stand for someone targeting people who are really all about love?" said Bartlett.
Patton said it cost the company almost $500 to replace each of the tires.
She told KRQE News 13 her coworkers have started a buddy system, so if another attack does happen they are little more prepared.
Roswell police say they are not calling this a hate crime because at this time they don't have enough evidence to prove Alianza was targeted because of what their business stands for.
The investigation continues.
Roswell has seen a major increase in burglaries this year and a lack of officers might be to blame.
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