April 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

WEST PALM BEACH, [FL]--The Martin County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Wednesday for stabbing a Stuart business owner because he said he thought he was "Arab." Deputies say Jeremiah Hendrix is being charged with a hate crime and is being held on a $40,000 bond. The owner of the Family Discount Dollar store on Dixie Highway in Stuart, Shinoy Mailackel, is recovering with 12 stitches in his arm. He says what Hendrix did not know is that he is not an Arab. “He probably thinks that because of my skin color that I am an Arab, but I’m not an Arab,” Mailackel said. The incident started Wednesday morning. Mailackel said Hendrix, who had been at the store in the past, came to the store to b  

April 19, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, [CN]--The executive director of Ottawa's Islam Care Centre said someone left a "hateful" note before setting a fire behind the building overnight. The suspicious incident is the second in a week at 375 Somerset St. W. after a man vandalized that building, as well as the Ottawa Mosque. Omar Mahfoudhi said he watched surveillance footage of the suspicious incident, which he said shows a man slip a piece of paper into the mail slot at the front door of the building around 2:10 a.m. Wednesday. Approximately five minutes later, the suspect set a pile of debris at the rear of the building on fire. The flames blackened a door and wall, but didn't spread to the rest of the building  

April 13, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

ANNANDALE, [VA]--A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with hate-motivated vandalism at a church and Jewish Center in Annandale, Virginia, Fairfax County Police reported. A number of bias motivated words and hateful symbols were spray painted all over the premises of the Little River United Church of Christ and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia sometime overnight on Tuesday, according to authorities. Dylan M. Mahone of Annandale, Va. was arrested Wednesday evening in connection with the vandalism at the church and the Jewish Community Center. Meanwhile, Northern Virginia Community College Police have also been investigating anti-Semitic flyers posted at one of thei  

April 5, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

MILWAUKEE, [WI]--Twice, in recent months, someone vandalized a room Marquette University has turned into an Islamic prayer space and nearby hallways signs. The first incident reportedly occurred following November's presidential election; the second, after President Trump released his revised travel ban against about a half-dozen predominantly Muslim nations. Marquette's police department has reportedly investigated the vandalism. Now, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is calling on law enforcement to investigate the episodes as possible hate crimes. According to a Marquette student publication, the university's Academic Senate is considering a resolution that would condemn  

April 4, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

FORT COLLINS, [CO]--Police are investigating vandalism at a Masonic Temple in Fort Collins as a hate crime. Officers were called out to the fraternal organization’s building in the 200 block of Oak Street at about noon on Monday to investigate graffiti spray painted on the steps and pillars. “The black spray paint depicts upside-down crosses and the phrase ‘great tribulation is at hand,’ ” police said in a news release noting that the vandalism likely occurred between Sunday evening and Monday morning. Because of the location and nature of the graffiti, police say the vandalism is being investigated as a bias-motivated crime. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to   

March 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

FORT COLLINS, [CO]--The father of a man arrested in connection with vandalism at a Colorado mosque says his son was an Army medic who served in Iraq and Korea and is a "good man." Michael Giaquinto told the Coloradoan that he doesn't think 35-year-old Joseph Scott Giaquinto vandalized the Islamic Center of Fort Collins, about 60 miles north of Denver, on Sunday. Police say someone overturned benches, broke windows and threw a Bible into the center. Giaquinto says that if his son was found to be involved, it would just show that he "was in a kind of a bad place." The younger Giaquinto was arrested Monday on suspicion of a bias-motivated crime, criminal mischief and trespassing soon after poli  

March 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

RIVERSIDE, [CA]--A 55-year-old Riverside man faces being charged with a hate crime after he set a fire and shouted derogatory comments about the race and nationality of the alleged victim, the Riverside Police Department said. Aubrey Wayne Clawson was cleared at a hospital to be booked and then was jailed on suspicion of committing a hate crime, arson, firebombing, reckless burning and resisting arrest, Riverside County jail records show. Bail was set at $10,000. About 10:15 a.m. Friday, someone reported that a man in the 2900 block of Market Street was trying to light his neighbor’s truck on fire. A witness said the man poured liquid on the ground and set it ablaze while insulting the ne  

March 2, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

COLUMBUS, [OH]--A Hilliard man has been charged with vandalizing a Columbus-area mosque, in an incident that the Franklin County prosecutor and investigators are now calling a hate crime. A Franklin County grand jury charged Todd Williams with a felony count of desecration, and two misdemeanor counts for ethnic intimidation and criminal mischief. Williams is accused of writing anti-Islamic messages on the windows of the Ahlul-Bayt Society Islamic Center in northwest Columbus this February. “Allah Is A Fraud Dum Dums” and “Repent Turn To True God + Jesus Or Burn 4 Ever," Williams wrote on the mosque. The FBI and Perry Township police investigated the incident and identified Williams' li  

February 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

OLATHE, [KS]--The man accused of shooting two technology workers from India and another man at a bar in Kansas last week had his first court appearance on Monday in a high-profile case that is being investigated as a possible hate crime. Adam Purinton, 51, faces one charge of first-degree murder and two charges of attempted first-degree murder in last Wednesday's shooting in Olathe that killed one person and injured two others. The incident has raised worries among Indians and other communities about possible violence against foreign workers in the United States. A motive has not yet been established, and the FBI is looking into the case to determine whether the shootings would be consider  

February 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

PHILADELPHIA, [PA]--More than 100 headstones have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, damage discovered less than a week after similar vandalism in Missouri, authorities said. A man visiting the cemetery called police at 9:40 a.m. Sunday to report that three of his relatives' headstones had been knocked over and damaged. "The cemetery was inspected and approximately 100 additional headstones were found to be knocked over," apparently sometime after dark Saturday, a police spokeswoman said in a statement. A criminal mischief-institutional vandalism investigation will be conducted by the police Northeast Detectives Division, she said. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadel