Seal Beach police are investigating a threatening letter sent to a woman of Asian heritage.
Police were notified Monday that the letter was sent to a resident in Leisure World community for senior citizens. The caller said her mother received the unsigned letter in the mail soon after the death of her husband.
Handwriting and fingerprinting analysis, along with DNA testing, will be used to try to identify the sender of the handwritten letter, according to police.
The writer referred to the woman’s husband, saying his death makes “it one less Asian to put up with in Leisure World. You fricken (cq) Asians are taking over our American community! It is not resting well with all and everybody who lives here — true statement!!! Watch out! Pack your bags and go back to your country where you belong!”
“Hate directed toward any member of our community is disgusting and will not be tolerated,” Seal Beach Police Chief Philip L. Gonshak said. “Across the country we are seeing more and more violence committed against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. We will not allow this to happen in Seal Beach. Our investigators are working hard to follow up on any and all leads we receive.”
Anyone with information helpful to investigators was asked to call Detective Jon Ainley, 562-799-4100, ext. 1113, firstname.lastname@example.org.