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Pahrump man arrested in connection with hate crime

A Pahrump man has been arrested in connection with a hate crime against a black Pahrump resident last month, according to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.

About 9 a.m. Sept. 1, a Nye County Sheriff’s deputy was called to investigate reports of property damage to a Pahrump home on the 1000 block of East Pocahontas Avenue, near Highway 160.

When the deputy arrived, he found a racial slur spray-painted in bold, black letters on the resident’s garage door, Nye County Sgt. Adam Tippets said in a news release Saturday.

Officials did not specify the racial slur had been painted on the victim’s garage door, but 73-year-old John Meyers, who is white, has been charged with a hate crime.

Nearby surveillance cameras show a man, later identified as Meyers, painting the slur on the door, Tippets said.

The victims in the case are African-American and for that reason, Meyers was arrested and charged with the hate crime as well as placement of graffiti, Tippets said.

Further details were not released.

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