LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — A Lake County man is facing criminal charges because investigators said he vandalized his neighbor's property.
Mansoor Karbakhsh is facing charges that include hate crime enhancement after he spray-painted KKK on his neighbor's property, deputies said.
"It was pretty disgusting," the homeowner, who asked not to be identified, said.
He said he was horrified when he discovered KKK was spray-painted on his garbage cans. His mailbox and garage were also sprayed with graffiti.
"The KKK was a total shock to me (and) totally without merit. It was all very ugly," he said.
The homeowner said it began Sunday when deputies towed a car that belonged to Karbakhsh.
"His car was parked on the side, there was no tag attached to it and it was legal for them to tow it," the homeowner said.
He said he had nothing to do with the car getting towed, but believes Karbakhsh blames him for what happened.
The victim said he heard gunshots and he was getting ready to go to bed. Deputies said neighbors called 911 and officials found shell casings. They told the homeowner his house had been targeted.
Deputies said Karbakhsh was acting suspicious when the spray paint used to vandalize the victim's home was found in Karbakhsh's home.
Deputies arrested the suspect and said he made Italian-racial slurs about the victim on the way to jail.
The victim said he remembers the civil rights era and the images are sad and hurtful to him.
"For that to surface here and in this year and in my yard (is) just despicable," the victim said.
Deputies said there is no evidence Karbakhsh belongs to any hate group.