Vandals repeatedly target Ramona man's home

Deputies believe man is victim of hate crimes

RAMONA, Calif. - A Ramona man scared for his safety after his home was repeatedly vandalized reached out to 10News for help.

Surveillance cameras were rolling early Friday as two men walked up to a home to intentionally cause damage.

"I feel disgusted. I don't understand why this is happening," said Steven Kilgore.

Around 12:30 a.m., vandals walked across Kilgore's driveway and pounded his home with paint-filled balloons.

Kilgore told 10News this is not the first time he has been targeted. Since February, vandals have launched a rock through his front window and poured paint on his home and patio furniture.

He says the most hurtful part was when someone painted a gay slur and swastika on his sidewalk. That prompted the San Diego County Sheriff's Department to investigate the incidents as hate crimes.

Kilgore told 10News he and his family have recently received threatening letters from someone he knows, but so far, investigators have made no arrests.

He believes the same person is behind the vandalism and decided to come forward, hoping investigators will be more aggressive about solving the case before the situation turns worse.

"Most importantly, I don't want the people around me to be hurt," Kilgore said. "I just want it to stop. It needs to stop. I can't live like this."

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