May 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

SCHODACK, [NY]--Laquan Madison woke up Sunday night to use the bathroom. Within moments, Madison, his wife, Jennifer, and their five children needed to race out of their home — the victims of a fire and, police say, a hate crime against the black family. Investigators arrived at their home at 29 Cold Spring Ave. about 11:40 p.m. to find a swastika and racial epithet spray-painted on the burning home in a quiet section of town, Schodack police Chief Joseph Belardo said Monday. It took five volunteer fire departments to stop the blaze, which burned the garage to the ground, the police chief said. The exterior of the family's home, which is not far from the garage, was also damaged. Hate crim  

May 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

SPOKANE, [WA]--The Spokane County Courthouse annex was evacuated just before noon Friday due to a suspicious substance found in an envelope. By early afternoon the white powdery substance had been determined to be inert. The powder appeared to be a writing correction fluid. A court clerk processing mail opened the letter and a white powder came out of the envelope. The building was evacuated and the Spokane Fire Department responded to the scene. Several firefighters donned hazardous materials suits a short time after their arrival and headed inside the building to investigate the substance. Four employees were isolated after the evacuation but never developed any symptoms. The Spokane Cou  

May 10, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

LAS VEGAS, [NV]--Afshin Bahrampour is facing multiple counts of arson in connection with the fires Monday at the Chabad Center of Southern Nevada. The synagogue is located on Arville Street near Charleston Boulevard. Metro Police said Bahrampour is accused of setting fires to several cars in the parking lot, and a to a trash can in one of the bathrooms of the Jewish synagogue. According to police, there was even someone in the bathroom at the time he set the fire. The 47-year-old who was arrested by Metro Police Tuesday faces multiple arson charges and burglary. Metro says this isn't his first run-in with the law. Bahrampour is no stranger to the court system because last year he was convict  

May 10, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

MODESTO, [CA]--The Modesto Police Department said Tuesday it was investigating whether the death of a 32-year-old man in California last week may have been a hate crime. Paramedics were called to Hatch Food and Gas on Thursday around 11:50 p.m. for a man having a seizure, according to a statement from the Modesto Police Department. After arriving, they determined that Jagjeet Singh had actually been stabbed, police said. Singh was taken to a local hospital and died of his injuries, authorities said. No arrests had been made. View More>>  

May 7, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

ARLINGTON, [TX]--Police reportedly are investigating whether a gunman was motivated by prejudice when he opened fire at an Arlington bar, killing an employee before he was fatally shot by a customer. Although details about James Jones' racist shouting have not been released, police are considering whether they indicate a hate crime was committed Wednesday evening at the Zona Caliente Sports Bar. Customers have said it was not clear whom the 48-year-old Grand Prairie man, who was black, was yelling at. More than a dozen customers and a few employees were in the sports bar in the 6500 block of South Cooper Street, near Sublett Road. One of the customers, licensed to carry a concealed gun, fata  

May 4, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

SIOUX FALLS, [SD]--Law enforcement officers have stepped up patrols around an oil pipeline site in Minnehaha County after vandalism was discovered. Authorities say vandals broke through a chain link fence recently that surrounds an above-ground section of the Dakota Access pipeline near Highway 19, north of Humboldt. A valve inspector has since repaired a hole, but authorities say it's still a safety issue because any tampering can cause extreme situations, such as an explosion. The sheriff's department has notified the FBI. The sheriff's department is encouraging any citizen that sees something suspicious to report it. Authorities are also investigating an incident of vandalism against the  

May 3, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

LA JOLLA, [CA]--Survivors of a shooting at a crowded poolside birthday party returned to the University City apartment complex Tuesday with a unified message — race played a role. They spoke of their grief, and their desire to connect with counselors to help them untangle their trauma. But their primary goal was to publicly state that they felt the shooting was racially motivated. “As additional factors come in, we realize there are multiple components to this problem, but we feel heartbreak in the fact that [police are] trying to dismiss a part of the motive,” said Navy Lt. j.g. Lauren Chapman, who attended the party. About a dozen people participated in the gathering, which was held   

April 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

LACKAWANNA, [NY]--The investigation into an early morning fire Saturday in Lackawanna is currently labeled as suspicious. There appears to be more than enough reason for that. This is the second fire at the four-unit apartment building at 97 Ingham Street. A couple of weeks ago, someone set fire to a phonebook found burning on the front porch. That small fire only caused minor damage. Saturday’s fire was different. That fire started in a common hallway and stairwell used by all four apartments. Fire investigators confirm that at least one neighbor heard what sounded like splashing noises before the fire was discovered. Was this a person or persons spilling a flammable liquid? Samples from  

April 22, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

BROOKLYN, [NY]--Fire officials are investigating after a fire broke out at a Brooklyn building housing a mosque and deli. The fire broke out on the first floor of Brooklyn Broadway Jame Masjid and Islamic Center on 986 Gates Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The store on the first floor and the mosque on the second floor were both damaged. The fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported. View More>>  

April 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

SAN DIEGO, [CA]--A possible hate crime is now under investigation after a Muslim man found death threats towards Muslims spray-painted on the wall of a business in San Diego's North Park community. Noomane Trabelsi, 39, said the hateful message was found on Monday, spray-painted on the back door of The Studio Door on 30th Street, next to North Park Computers, where Trabelsi works. The area is home to a number of small businesses owned by Muslims. The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) is aware of the graffiti and said officers are investigating. There is no word yet on whether it will be considered a hate crime. View More>>