Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Home Global Suspect accused of targeting Michigan family with Black Lives Matter sign in...

Suspect accused of targeting Michigan family with Black Lives Matter sign in window

A 24-year-old white man was arrested Tuesday and faces ethnic intimidation charges in connection with a hate crime targeting a Black suburban Detroit family who displayed a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window, police said.

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer announced the arrest at a news conference Wednesday, where he was joined by Mayor James Fouts and by Eddie and Candace Hall, who have been targeted in three incidents this month. Warren is north of Detroit.

The Halls, who are Army veterans,had gunshots fired at their home, their vehicles’ tires slashed, a rock thrown through their front window and racist threats written on their vehicles. A shot was fired through the sign in their front window — a closed fist with the words “Black Lives Matter” written in white against a black background. The suspect was captured on home surveillance video, authorities said.

Graffiti with racial threats on a truck belonging to Eddie Hall and his wife, Candace, in front of their Warren, Mich., home on Sept. 10.David Guralnick / Detroit News via AP file

Dwyer said the suspect confessed to the crimes against the Hall family and to writing the word “pedophile” several times in large letters at a property a few blocks from their home. He will face separate charges in that incident, Dwyer said.

The suspect, whose name was not disclosed, faces nine charges — eight felonies and a misdemeanor. They include three counts of ethnic intimidation. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning. A $3,000 reward was offered in the case Sept. 11.

The suspect was identified after detectives combed the area for witnesses, handed out reward flyers, maintained physical surveillance with officers in plainclothes and in marked units, and worked with the FBI to set up a pole camera in the area, Dwyer said.

A search of his home recovered the clothes, mask and shoes worn during the crimes, Dwyer said, adding that he admitted to using a gun that he had found in his garage.

“It is our hope to quickly bring closure, which I believe we have, to this matter for the victims, the Halls, and let everyone know that hate crimes such as these will not be tolerated in the city of Warren,” Dwyer said.

The Halls said they will not remove the Black Lives Matter sign.

Download theNBC News appfor breaking news andpolitics

The mayor said the situation has been a nightmare for the Halls and everyone else in the community, including Warren police.

“In this city, we do not tolerate any type of crime, but particularly racist terrorism,” Fouts said. “And make no mistake about it, this was a racist terrorist.”

At a news conference Sept. 11, Eddie Hall said he had never had any problems with anyone or experienced any hostility in Warren, the city his family has called home for six years.

He said that his teenage daughter and son were terrified and that the family felt violated.

“My only safety place is at home. When I get done with work, I go home to relax, sit by my wife, talk with my kids and have family time,” he said. “I am so upset to where there’s nothing I can do to comfort my family because all of this is going on.”

He said his daughter didn’t even want to be in the house.

Candace Hall said at the Sept. 11 news conference that the family had already forgiven the suspect and simply wanted him to stop terrorizing them and to seek help.

“We pray for you,” Eddie Hall said then.

Image: Janelle GriffithJanelle Griffith

Janelle Griffith is a reporter for NBC News. 



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Ryder Cup 2010

McDowell knew the Twenty Ten course like the back of his hand. He’d won the Wales Open on the course that year and during a period when he lived in Cardiff he used the venue as his practice area.As the match descended into the home stretch McDowell sunk a 15-foot birdie to go 2-up on…

GB’s Evans calls opponents ’embarrassing’

Evans was knocked out in the singles in the first round by Kei Nishikori of JapanBritain's Dan Evans said his doubles opponents were "embarrassing" after becoming involved in an on-court row at the French Open.The British singles number one and Polish partner Hubert Hurkacz beat Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop and Brazilian Marcel Demoliner in the first…

US team walks off after ‘homophobic slur’

Collin Martin (pictured playing for former club Minnesota United) came out as gay in 2018Landon Donovan said his San Diego Loyal "would not stand" for bigotry having left the pitch in protest after an alleged homophobic comment was aimed at openly gay midfielder Collin Martin.An opposition player from Phoenix Rising was accused of making the…

As colleges reopened, many more young people got covid-19, CDC reports – msnNOW

Covid-19 cases surged nationally among 18- to 22-year-olds between Aug. 2 and Sept. 5, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which urged young adults as well as colleges and universities to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.Weekly cases among the age group jumped 55…