Fire at Mexican restaurant probed as hate crime

7:01 a.m. April 11, 2006

ALBERT JOHNSON / Special to SignOnSanDiego
The shattered window and charred walls are visible along the front of Mariachi's.
JAMUL – Sheriff's deputies are investigating a suspicious fire at a Mexican restaurant as a hate crime.
Mariachi's Mexican Bar and Grill on Campo Road near Aurora Vista Drive sustained about $10,000 in damage after it was doused with gasoline and set ablaze late Monday night, sheriff's Lt. Edna Ito said.

The arsonist broke a window just before midnight and spray-painted profanities about Mexicans on the front and side walls in red paint, Ito said.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the fire to call the sheriff's bomb and arson unit at (619) 956-4980 or (85 565-5200.