Albuquerque family fears they’ve become target of hate crime

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque family is on edge and they feel they have become targets of a hate crime. They say their home was vandalized three nights in a row and they are desperate for answers. “I am unable to sleep in my own house… that’s very hard because you are unable to feel safe in your own house, that’s not a good thing,” says Swapna Sule.

Sule says she was sleeping when a large stone was thrown through her bedroom window on the Fourth of July. “I didn’t realize because I thought it was fireworks. Still, people are doing fireworks on the backside of the road,” Sule says.

The very next day, “Somebody tried to throw stone through my backyard door,” Sule says. Then the night of July 6, Sule and her son saw someone in their backyard. She called the cops again.

Sule says her family has lived in their northeast Albuquerque home since 2007. “Nobody tried to enter my house, nobody tried to throw stones,” said Sule. She says nothing like this has happened to her in the more than 12 years that she’s lived there.

Sule says she’s heard reports of people trying to break into cars in the area. But she says her neighbors haven’t reported any damage to their homes. “Why are they targeting my house only? That is my question,” Sule says.

Her family is Eastern Indian and she’s fearful that they’ve become the target of a hate crime. Sule says she heard what happened at the India Palace in Santa Fe and that’s why her family is also scared.

Sule says she just wants whoever is behind the damage, to let her and her family live in peace.”We are working hard and trying to pay our bills. We came here for a good life, not to face this type of situation,” Sule says.

APD says there is nothing to suggest a hate crime at this point, but tell us they are monitoring the house during patrols. Sule says since the vandalism, her family has upgraded their security.

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