Police in Richmond Heights, Missouri have arrested a man suspected of a hate crime for spray painting "Ku Klux Klan" and "KKK" on houses and vehicles.

KSDK reported that "dozens" of residents of one neighborhood woke up on Sunday to find racist symbols of the Ku Klux Klan white supremacists group painted on their homes, cars and other property.

"It was my first, something like this, seeing it," 14-year-old Jerve Hughes, who was power-washing the offensive letters off his home, told the station. "We didn't do anything to them so why did they have the right to come on our property and do things to us? I say, it isn't fair."

Resident Diane Rusan said she had not seen this kind of racism in the 41 years that she had lived in the area, but it was a reminder that "it does exist."

"To explain to another generation what is still lingering on is mind boggling," she observed.

Watch this video from KSDK, broadcast Nov. 5, 2012.