Police said a 24-year-old white man was arrested on Tuesday and faced charges of ethnic intimidation in relation to a hate crime targeting a black suburban Detroit family who had a Black Lives Matter in front of their window Sign displayed.
Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer announced the arrest at a press conference on Wednesday, where he was joined by Mayor James Fouts and Eddie and Candace Hall, who have been targeted in three incidents this month. Warren is north of Detroit.
Holles, an army veteran, fired at his home, his vehicle’s tires slipped, a rock thrown from his front window and racist threats written on his vehicles. A bullet 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. Authorities said the suspect was caught on surveillance video at the home.
Dwyer said the suspect confessed to the crimes against the Hall family and wrote the word “pedophile” several times in large letters a few blocks from his home. He will face separate charges in that incident, Dwyer said.
The suspects, whose names were not disclosed, faced nine charges – eight felony and one misdemeanor. They include three counts of ethnic fear. They are scheduled to debate on Thursday morning. In the September 11 case a reward of $ 3,000 was offered.
Dyer said that after the suspects traced the area to witnesses, the reward was handed over to passengers, physical surveillance was maintained with officers in plainclothes and marked units, and with the FBI installing a pole camera in the area Worked for
In a search of his home, clothes, masks and shoes worn during the crimes were recovered, Dwyer said, adding that he admits to using a gun he found in his garage.
“It is our hope to close quickly, which I believe we have in this case for the victims, Hall, and tell everyone that hate crimes will not be tolerated,” Dyer said.
The Holes said they would not remove the Black Lives Matter sign.
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The mayor said the situation had been a nightmare for Horn and all the rest of the community, including the Warren police.
“In this city, we do not tolerate any type of crime, but especially racist terrorism,” Fouts said. “And make no mistake about it, it was a racist terrorist.”
At a news conference in Eddie Hall on September 11, Eddie Hall said he had never had a problem with anyone or experienced any animosity in Warren, his family called home for six years.
He said his teenage daughter and son were nervous and the family felt violated.
“My only safety place is at home. When I’m done with work, I go home to rest, sit next to my wife, talk with my children and have family time.” They said. “I’m so upset where I can’t do anything to console my family because it’s all going on.”
He said that his daughter did not even want to live in the house.
Candace Hall said at the September 11 conference that the family had already forgiven the suspect and wanted him to stop terrorizing them and ask for help.
“We pray for you,” Eddie Hall then said.