Man arrested in Warren hate crime investigation

Family learned of arrest through news reports

One person arrested in Warren hate crime investigation

WARREN, Mich. – A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a hate crime investigation in Warren.

It was exactly at 6:06 p.m. Tuesday when Eddie and Candace Hall heard about an arrest in their case.

“He was watching Channel 4 and I was actually outside talking to a neighbor, and he hollers, ‘They caught someone.' I ran in the house and I really caught the end of the news clip, so we were excited,” said Candace Hall.

It’s been almost three weeks since someone threw a rock into their window, slashed tires on their vehicles and drew a swastika one of them

The couple believes it was because of their Black Lives Matter sign.

“The neighborhood has been awesome. They’ll come by, anything you need. Some people came by and prayed with us,” said Eddie Hall.

The family has been living in a hotel because of the fear the incident has caused, especially for their 16-year-old daughter.

“She doesn’t sleep well at night ... All of us are having some trouble sleeping,” Candace Hall said.

Hours before the arrest was announced, Detroit Will Breathe protestors took to city hall in support of the Hall family, which drew some opposition.

No anger and just smiles Tuesday night for Eddie Hall, who is a veteran and has been heartsick over how the incident could happen.

“They don’t have the right to terrorize me for what I believe in. That’s why this is such a great America because we have the freedom of speech and we can choose our own beliefs. We can’t hurt each other for our beliefs,” Candace Hall said.

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Jason is Local 4’s utility infielder. In addition to anchoring the morning newscast, he often reports on a variety of stories from the tragic, like the shootings at Michigan State, to the off-beat, like great gas station food.

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.