A man who publicly claimed responsibility for vandalizing a Torrance Chick-fil-A restaurant with the words "Tastes Like Hate," in protest of a company executive's comments against same-sex marriage, was taken into custody, police announced Thursday.
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Manuel Castro, 30, was arrested about 8 p.m. Wednesday in West Hollywood and booked on suspicion of vandalism, said Torrance police Sgt. Steven Jenkinson. Castro posted $20,000 bail and was released about three hours later, the sheriff's department reported.
Jenkinson said police were also working to identify a "person of interest who may have been involved in the commission of this crime."
On Aug. 3 about 6:40 a.m., officers went to the restaurant in the 18200 block of Hawthorne Boulevard on a report that the east side of the building was vandalized with the words "Tastes Like Hate" in black paint, along with a drawing of a cow holding a paint brush.
"Numerous items of evidence" were recovered near the scene, Jenkinson said.
"On the afternoon of Aug. 3, the Torrance Police Department became aware of an individual named Manuel Castro who had given a statement to an online news publication claiming responsibility for the vandalism, which was posted online," Jenkinson said.
"During the ongoing investigation, detectives worked to independently identify Castro as a suspect by corroborating Castro's involvement in the vandalism through the available evidence and information from their investigation," he said.
Anyone with more information about the case was urged to call police at (310) 618-5570.
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