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Man Arrested for Defacing 150 Cemetery Headstones Said He Wanted To Ward Off Evil Spirits

Deepak Sandhar Singh, 26, of Hayward, was arrested Friday after admitting to the mass vandalism, police said.

A Hayward man arrested on suspicion of at the Chapel of the Chimes cemetery last week told police he committed the crime to ward off evil spirits.

Deepak Sandhar Singh, 26, of Hayward, was arrested Friday on suspicion of felony vandalism after he admitted to police officers that he defaced the headstones with soybean oil, according to Cmdr. Ben Horner of the Union City Police Department.

The mass vandalism at Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park, located at 33992 Mission Blvd. on the Hayward-Union City border, was reported Wednesday and was initially believed to be done with motor oil. Groundskeepers saw Singh moving flowers between the headstones at the time that the crime occurred, police said.

According to Horner, Singh told police that he purchased a two-gallon jug of soybean oil and planned to use it to ward off evil spirits. Singh believed the metal plates attached to the headstones “were evil” and needed to be purified.

Singh also left behind small plastic figures and pieces of ribbons and string at some gravesites, Horner said.

Cemetery staff were still cleaning the headstones when the arrest was reported Friday. The cleaning costs were estimated to be more than $5,000, police said.

Anyone with additional information about the crime is asked to call UCPD at 510-471-1365. Anonymous tips can also be left by calling 510-675-5207 or emailing tips@unioncity.org.

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Allison July 22, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Your defense makes absolutely no sense. I don't even understand what point you're trying to get across. "Under your thinking, none of the above riots or allegations were not 'hate crimes.'" Does that mean that they were all hate crimes according to my logic? Don't even get me started on "Hate crimes are only committed by white men never by a minority". The incoherence of your argument is almost laughable.
EdwinT July 22, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Laugh all you want. Ninety percent of the news media is biased and much of what you see and hear from it has been heavily edited. Why? Because there are people who keep their heads buried in the sand. They react with knee jerk emotions instead of their brains. The Twin Towers would still be standing today had saner heads prevailed, but no, that would be profiling and watching our borders would be discrimination. Those nineteen animals who killed almost four thousand, according to you, didn't do it out of hate but for love of their religion. The (White) idiot in Colorado didn't kill twelve people and wound dozens because he wanted to test out his guns. What he did was out of hate, not racial, but hate! All crimes committed are in some way hate crimes, be it caused by greed, envy or jealous. I never believed in the term or concepts of "hate crimes" but since you liberal bleeding hearts only use that term when it acts as a placebo to bring to the ends what you consider justifies the means, don't be selective. Again all crimes are done with some kind of hate. As far as me saying, ""Hate crimes are only committed by White men never by a minority," I was being satirical. To my knowledge I have never heard the liberals or their liberal news media report crimes by a minority against a White as a hate crime. Does that include you?
Allison July 23, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I totally agree with how heavily the media is edited and biased. I just think we're disagreeing about Mr. Singh's motives for his crime. I was going by what was purely stated in this article, and refuse to assume the reasons as to why he did what he did. While you may be correct about his motives of hate, it is stated nowhere in this article. I was also using the legal definition of "hate crime" which is not just simply a crime that simply stems from hate of any sort. Maybe we should just agree to disagree.
Lovepreet Sandhar December 29, 2012 at 07:07 AM
Ok here is the true story. He is mentally challenged and he has a hole in his brain. I know this because i'm his brother and i'm 13 years old He was found dead at 8-21-12 because he felt he did wrong. How can you blame a mentally challenged man you know it's just plain stupid. OK if he was your family member what would you say. So plz stop putting rude comments about him, he was a vary nice boy. He had a girlfriend and she left him and he loved her too much and he started t drink and one day comes he starts to act akward. That' when we knew he was going you know. HE never had a mother because she died giving birth to him. He has been alone his whole life soo plzzzz stop tese rude comments i beg you.
Lovepreet Sandhar December 29, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Deepak Singh Sandhar January 20, 1986 - September 22, 2012 Birth Region / Country :India Passed Away At : Hayward, , California, United States Occupation :Security Guard Funeral Service : Friday September 28, 2012, 1pm at Chapel of the Chimes Service for Deepak Sandhar will be on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 1pm here at Chapel of the Chimes, here in Hayward, California. And you guys say these things about him. If you don't bleave me here go here. http://hayward.chapelofthechimes.com/obituary/user/show/template?id=69135&print_preview=1 Let me tell you something about him. Ok here is the true story. He is mentally challenged and he has a hole in his brain. I know this because i'm his brother and i'm 13 years old He was found dead at 8-21-12 because he felt he did wrong. How can you blame a mentally challenged man you know it's just plain stupid. OK if he was your family member what would you say. So plz stop putting rude comments about him, he was a vary nice boy. He had a girlfriend and she left him and he loved her too much and he started t drink and one day comes he starts to act akward. That' when we knew he was going you know. HE never had a mother because she died giving birth to him. He has been alone his whole life soo plzzzz stop tese rude comments i beg you.

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