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Fairfax police probe bizarre balloon attack on boy

Friday - 7/19/2013, 12:21pm  ET

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Fairfax County police are investigating as a possible hate crime an attack in which a 12-year-old boy running a lemonade stand was hit with an apparent urine-filled balloon by a costumed attacker.

Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said Thursday that the incident occurred July 6 on Monument Drive in Fairfax. The boy's father told police that his son had been operating a lemonade stand outside an apartment complex when a man came out of one of the buildings, threw the balloon at the boy and left.

The Washington Post reported ( that, according to a search warrant affidavit, the man was wearing a full body leotard that concealed his identity.

The Post reports that a few minutes after being hit with the balloon, the boy heard a male voice from the building say, "Go back to Africa you [expletives]! It was only piss."

No arrests have been made.


Information from: The Washington Post,

This story has been modified to specify when the boy allegedly was yelled at.

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There is a discrepancy about the boy's age. Some media reports say he is 12. Others say he is 13. WTOP will update this as more information becomes available.