GLEN ROCK, NJ - Graffiti sprayed onto the outside walls and sidewalk near a Rock Road business was considered to contain an "anti-transgender message," according to police, but they do not believe it targeted any certain business or person.
Councilwoman Caroline Unzaga denounced the graffiti on Facebook and during last night's virtual appearance at the League of Women Voters Council Candidate night.
The Mayor and Borough Council put out a statement on the Borough Website, as well:
We are horrified, as Mayor and Council, seeing a picture of transphobic graffiti outside a borough business. This incident is being investigated by the Glen Rock Police Department.
We are most concerned about our LGBTQ+, particularly trans community. To our LGBTQ+ friends & neighbors, know that you are respected, loved, and valued here. Know that we condemn this, and that we will do everything we can to ensure that hate truly has no home here.
You belong here.
On October 7, the store manager of Nectar Cafe reported the graffiti-sprayed walls and sidewalk near the front door of businesses at 175 Rock Road, police said. It is believed the graffiti was drawn sometime between 4:30 p.m. on October 6 and 7 a.m. on October 7.
Police said the incident was reported to them at a "building that is occupied by multiple businesses, one of which is the Nectar Café. We have no information that would suggest any one business was the target and all the businesses utilize a common entry door."
Because the vandalism was bias in nature, police said it is being investigated as a bias crime. Anyone with information or witnesses are asked to reach out to Det. Doney at 201-670-3947 or email: email@example.com.