Michigan family speaks out after man pleads guilty to federal hate crime for attacking Black teen
MONROE, Mich. – A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for attacking a Black teen last year. He’s a lot stronger than I was at that age,” said Devin Freelon Sr. Shortly after Devin Freelon Jr. graduated high school, he was attacked and now has one last dental surgery to endure. We see that’s not the case,” said Freelon Sr.On Tuesday, Mouat pleaded guilty to willfully injuring the teen because of his race. More: Michigan man pleads guilty to federal hate crime for attacking Black teen
Rally in Downtown Detroit calls for an end to hate against Asian Americans
DETROIT – A large group marched through the streets of Detroit, calling for an end to violence against the Asian American community Sunday. Six of those killed were Asian women. READ: As virus-era attacks on Asians rise, past victims look backAdDuring the pandemic, hate crimes against Asian Americans jumped nearly 150% with about 3,800 incidents reported. “As Asian American women, we wonder what are the places that are safe for us?”More than a hundred people showed up for the Stop Asian Hate vigil in Downtown Detroit. You can reach out by email or call the Hate Crimes Unit at 313-456-0200.
Warren family returns home few months after hate crime incident
WARREN, Mich. – On Thanksgiving, we’re hearing a message of gratitude and forgiveness from a Warren couple forced out of their home for a few months following an apparent hate crime against them. In September, shots fired into the home of military veterans Eddie and Candace Hall. “We celebrated with a nice meal, playing some family games and first of all, we started with prayer,” said Candace Hall. “For something to happen like that because of what we believed in, that was just shocking,” said Eddie Hall. Now a few months later -- on a day of Thanksgiving -- the Hall family said they’re giving thanks.
Man faces judge in Warren hate crime, asks for forgiveness
WARREN, Mich. – Michael John Frederick Jr. is accused of firing shots into the home of a family of veterans, slashing their tires, smashing a window, vandalizing their truck with a swastika, expletives and the words “Not Welcome.”Frederick faced Judge Michael Chupa Thursday, where he said he wanted the Hall family to forgive him. I can say it’s not like me,” Frederick said. “People should be able to reasonably disagree about politics without it resorting to violence. Using violence, whether motivated by race or politics or hatred or acrimony," Chupa said. "I don’t care, that is not what America is about.”Anyone with information is urged to contact the Warren Police Department at 586-574-4877.
Man confesses to crimes against Warren family in federal hate crime investigation
WARREN, Mich. – A press conference was held Wednesday afternoon to release details into the arrest of a man in connection with a hate crime investigation in Warren. Teams were sent out to knock on every door south of 11 Mile Road and west of Hoover Road. Investigators believe it was their Black Lives Matter sign that set off a 24-year-old delivery truck driver who lives with his parents around the corner. Police said he confessed to crimes against the Hall family and against another home that had “Pedophile” spray painted on the garage door because they had a Joe Biden sign. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Warren Police Department at 586-574-4877.
Police canvas Warren neighborhood in hate crime investigation
WARREN, Mich. – Police are going door-to-door in a Warren neighborhood looking for new clues into a series of racially motivated attacks on an African-American family. Warren police stepped up their search for a man who terrorized a family with violent actions and messages of hate. Shon Smith knew someone threw a rock through the window of the Hall family home on Sept. 9. She became emotional when she learned the same man fired shots a the home Sept. 7 and Sept. 10. “It brought tears to my eyes.”The police, the FBI and the two veterans targeted in the attacks believe they were targeted for a Black Lives Matter sign they placed in their window.
Warren veterans spend weeks in hotel after home repeatedly attacked
WARREN, Mich. – Police continue to investigate an apparent hate crime against a family in Warren. The family said they aren’t taking and chances and have temporarily moved out of their own home. They said they’d rather be in their own beds, but have spent the last two weeks in a hotel after their home was targeted in multiple hate crimes. Warren police and the FBI are investigating, but the person has not been caught yet. The family said they feel terrorized and will likely feel that way until the culprit has been caught.
Man pleads guilty to threatening Taylor woman due to her race
DETROIT – Ronald Wyatt, 22, pleaded guilty Wednesday to intentionally threatening physical harm to a Taylor woman to obstruct her free exercise of religion. The Department of Justice said Wyatt admitted he targeted the woman because her race. “Although the First Amendment protects free speech, it doesn’t give anyone the right to obstruct the free exercise of religious beliefs by threatening violence or bodily harm. Prosecuting those who violate the civil rights of Michigan citizens is some of the most important work we do. This plea today is the first step towards justice for this innocent victim.”Wyatt faces up to a year in prison.
$3,000 reward offered for information in racially motivated attack on Warren veterans
WARREN, Mich. – Police are offering a $3,000 reward to help find who is responsible for a hate crime committed in Warren. The Warren Police Department released surveillance video of a man outside the home holding a gun. The house, owned by two Black veterans, was shot up Thursday night and Monday night. They are veterans," Dwyer said. “This is a hate crime.”UPDATE: FBI to launch federal hate crime investigation on attack on Warren familyAnyone with information is urged to contact the Warren Police Department at 586-574-4877.
FBI to launch federal hate crime investigation on attack on Warren family
WARREN, Mich. – Within two days, the Hall family had their tires slashed, swastikas drawn on their vehicles, shots fired at their home and their front window smashed. Warren police released video of a man outside the home holding a gun Friday and announced a $3,000 reward for information to help find who is responsible. The video captures a man wearing a mask and hood with a gun in hand stalking the family’s home in Warren. Eddie Hall and Candace Sparks-Hall were not home at the time and were notified of the shooting by their neighbor. Police said the FBI has been called in to launch a federal hate crime investigation.
FBI to launch federal hate crime investigation on attack on Warren family
FBI to launch federal hate crime investigation on attack on Warren familyPublished: September 11, 2020, 5:08 pmWithin two days, the Hall family had their tires slashed, swastikas drawn on their vehicles, shots fired at their home and their front window smashed.
$3,000 reward offered for information in racially motivated attack in Warren
$3,000 reward offered for information in racially motivated attack in WarrenPublished: September 11, 2020, 12:12 pmThe safety of a Warren family was shattered Wednesday night when someone slashed the veteran’s tires, wrote racial threats on their cars and smashed a window.
Macomb County veterans targeted in suspected hate crime
A Macomb County family and their home came under attack Wednesday night. The safety of the Hall family home in Warren was shattered at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Outside, the couple found the tires slashed on Hall’s work truck, on Sparks-Hall’s car, and on their son’s car he received for graduating. Racist messages and a swastika were written on Hall’s work truck. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Warren Police Department at 586-574-4877 or the mayor’s office at 586-574-4520.
Vandalism of Warren mosque triggers call for hate crime investigation
WARREN, Mich. The vandalism of a mosque in Warren is prompting calls for a hate crime investigation. Several windows were smashed at the Al Ihsaan Islamic Center in Warren. Local Muslim leaders fear it could be part of a continuing pattern of intimidation. Read more: Metro Detroit crime news
Detroit man sentenced to 3 life terms in prison in killing of LGBTQ community members
DETROIT Devon Robinson, 19, was sentenced Tuesday in connection with a triple-homicide that occurred in 2019. Robinson was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of assault with intent to murder and five counts of the use of a firearm in connection with a felony. Prosecutors also alleged Robinson shot and wounded two additional victims who have survived their injuries. At the time of arraignment, a representative for the Wayne County Prosecutors Office said the killer targeted the three victims strictly on their being part of the LGBTQ community.Robinson was convicted as charged and sentenced Tuesday to three terms of life in prison without parole for first degree murder, 10 to 20 years for each count of assault with intent to murder and two years consecutively for felony firearm. RELATED: How to report a hate crime in Michigan
Monroe County man accused of assaulting teen in alleged hate crime faces judge
MONROE COUNTY, Mich. James Lee Mouat sat before a judge Tuesday morning, nervously rocking back and forth, being arraigned on charges for what he allegedly did to 18-year-old Devin Freelon Jr. READ: Monroe County man appears in court after alleged racially motivated attack on teenagerTuesday we learned the 42-year-old is a father of 4 who was preparing to marry his fianc before being arrested. We would ask that the bond remain the same. This was a very vicious case thats being alleged against him and we think that $100,000 bond is appropriate, said another lawyer. Considering the severity of this crime and the public outcry for justice -- Mouats bond will remain at 6 figures.