ASTORIA — A vandal scrawled homophobic slurs referencing President Barack Obama on a set of garages in the neighborhood — messages similar to graffiti that was written on the office building of two local lawmakers last month.
"Obama f----t" and "Obama d--e" was written five times on the front and sides of the garages, located on 23rd Street between 28th and 29th avenues in what appeared to be black spray paint.
An NYPD spokeswoman did not immediately have information on the vandalism, but several police officers were at the scene Tuesday morning taking photos.
Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune, who heads the 114th Precinct, said Tuesday that the vandalism was new, but that the same set of garages were hit with similar homophobic writings a few weeks ago.
Those previous messages were documented and reported to the NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force, and were then cleaned off, he said. Police believe they were committed by the same suspect behind eight or nine similar graffiti incidents in the area recently, according to Fortune.
These include the words "Obama f----t" written on the outside of Pistilli Towers at 31-19 Newtown Ave. three different times in March. The building is home to the offices of Assembly Member Aravella Simotas and State Sen. Michael Gianaris, who decried the messages as "hate graffiti."
Last month, police released surveillance video of the suspect involved in the second incident at the Newtown Avenue building on March 20, which shows a man wearing a hooded jacket and baseball cap.
The graffiti spotted Tuesday morning was also similar to that spotted by a DNAinfo New York reporter in November, when the words "Obama the f----t" were scrawled on a sign on Astoria Boulevard near Crescent Street.
Police are looking for this man in connection to graffiti including an anti-gay slur and President Barack Obama's name that was written on the wall of a building in Astoria on March 20, 2017. (NYPD)