Several tires slashed in parking lot of HIV support group

Posted at: 08/01/2013 6:50 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Car after car after car with slashed tires.  It happened in the parking lot of an HIV support group in Roswell.  The employees of Alianza of New Mexico were surprised when they walked out for lunch Wednesday and realized they weren’t going anywhere.

“Three spots in a row right after our agency vehicle had their rear right, no, rear left tires slashed," said Executive Director Sashua Patton.

All three cars had the same tire slashed, the rear one on the driver’s side.

“We found notes stuffed in the trunk on one of them and next to the tires on the other two," said Patton.

Slashed tires and, according to Patton, a message.

“It made a reference to Club Revue so we knew that it was a pride related incident," said Patton.

Club Revue is where the center holds gay pride fundraisers on Friday nights.

That is why Patton thinks they were targeted.

“I’m sad that people feel the need to be so hateful and so ugly, at something that we're doing in the name of love and acceptance of human beings," said Patton.

“There is no evidence. It was just a flier that says ‘Come to the Revue’," said Sergeant Jim Preston from Roswell Police.

They’re not calling it a hate crime because they are not linking the note to the crime.

“I don't know if it was a flier from previous from their workings out there or if somebody had left somebody a note, but we don't have any evidence to really link it to the actual crime," said Preston.

Meanwhile Patton said this won’t change anything.

"We fixed the tires and we will go on, we’re not that easily shaken," said Patton.