Group Rips American Flag off Coto de Caza Home

By Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. He has been a journalist for four years, during which time he has broken several viral national news stories and has been interviewed for his work on both radio and internet shows.
July 27, 2021 Updated: July 27, 2021

A homeowner in the gated community of Coto de Caza, Calif., says a camera captured a group ripping an American flag streamer from his home before fleeing in a car.

The incident, recorded by a Ring doorbell, happened July 26 about 5:45 a.m., said Forrest Newhall.

“One guy kind of stayed at the sidewalk and the other guy ran up to the front door, rang our doorbell and then ripped down our [flag],” Newhall told The Epoch Times. “[The culprit] ripped it off and then put it on the ground and went running… It just it seemed very odd that they would target our house.”

The doorbell camera failed to get a clear picture of the vandals, but Newhall said he planned to file a complaint with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

He said he doesn’t know of flags being ripped off other properties, and is uncertain as to why his home was targeted.

“It seems like we were targeted just because of the timing and that many people, and it’s not even like it was a huge flag,” he said. “It was a streamer that was probably three feet long, one and a half feet wide.

“It just kind of baffles the mind that there’s people that would kind of go to that extent to planning something like that out. I don’t know if they’re Antifa wannabes or what their deal is, but obviously [they’re] very disrespectful, disgraceful, unappreciative people from my perspective.”

Earlier in July, a Mission Viejo, Calif. mother was vilified after a viral video showed her son yanking an American flag from a neighbor’s lawn and tossing it to the ground while she watched.

The incident has divided social media, with some criticizing the mother’s parenting and others saying the clip was taken out of context.

Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. He has been a journalist for four years, during which time he has broken several viral national news stories and has been interviewed for his work on both radio and internet shows.