Local Muslim civil rights group offering $1K reward for information in suspected mosque vandalism
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations is calling on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the vandalism of the entrance sign and periphery lighting of an Islamic center on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Center Line police find gun on school grounds amid vandalism investigation
CENTER LINE, Mich. – Police discovered a gun Saturday morning on school grounds in Center Line. The gun was found while police were investigating vandalism at the high school’s new track and softball fields. Parts of the outfield wall fence and some fence around the track had been destroyed Friday night. Police found the gun near Wolfe Middle School. Police have taken at least one person into custody.
Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home vandalized with graffiti, severed pig’s head
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco home of Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, was vandalized on New Year’s Day. Responding officers found graffiti painted on her garage door and a severed pig’s head left in the driveway. Police say the graffiti referenced $2,000 COVID relief payments and rent cancellations. The messages were covered with garbage bags, and the pig’s head was removed. Police are still investigating the vandalism.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office trying to identify Ann Arbor vandals
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is attempting to identify three people who vandalized the 22nd Circuit Court building in downtown Ann Arbor around 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. The vandals appear to be two white men and one white woman, according to a post on the WCSO Facebook page. One of the men has waist-length dreadlocks. ✉ Like what you’re reading? Sign up for our email newsletter here!
Pro-Trump messages painted on headstones at Jewish cemetery in Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Police are investigating vandalism that left several headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Grand Rapids spray-painted with “TRUMP” and “MAGA” before President Donald Trump held his final campaign rally in the western Michigan city. Grand Rapids police officers on Monday found six headstones spray-painted with red paint at the Ahavas Israel Cemetery. The vandalized graves were discovered hours before Trump visited Grand Rapids late Monday night in his final campaign rally before Election Day. Wittkowski said the Grand Rapids Police Department had made no arrests or identified any suspects in the vandalism as of Tuesday morning. Grand Rapids’ Jewish community will not be cowed by this vile attack on Ahavas Israel," the caucus said in its statement.
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.
Vehicle at Riverview gas station vandalized, police seek suspect
RIVERVIEW, Mich. – Police are looking for a person wanted in connection to the vandalism of a vehicle at a gas station in Riverview. According to authorities, at about 7 a.m. Sept. 7, the suspected vandal damaged a vehicle at the Mobil Gas Station located near the intersection of Fort Street and Pennsylvania Road. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Riverview Police Department at 734-281-4214. More: Metro Detroit crime news
$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.
Reading garden at Detroit elementary school trashed by vandals
DETROIT – School officials said students helped put together the area, but now all of their hard work is destroyed. It happened at Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School on West Seven Mile Road, near Woodward Avenue. That’s what Clark, the Dean of Culture at Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School, saw when he came to work Thursday morning. At first he thought it rained the night before, and that caused the damage, but that wasn’t the case. Especially to a place where not only kids play, but a garden where they took pride in designing and building, that they can enjoy while at school.
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.
Man breaks computer monitor at Detroit store after arguing over phone bill, police say
DETROIT – Police are looking for a person wanted in connection with a malicious destruction of property on Detroit’s west side. Police said the culprit became irate, threatened the employee and broke a computer monitor before leaving the store. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and black pants. Anyone who recognizes him or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact the Detroit Police Station at 313-596-5840 or 313-596-5855, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up. More: Detroit crime news
Detroit police seek man in connection with vandalism of store on Gratiot Avenue
DETROIT Police are searching for a man wanted in connection with destruction of property at a liquor store in the 9900 block of Gratiot Avenue in Detroit. Police say the man, who goes by the name Jeezy, was reportedly at the store around 6:57 p.m. on Aug. 1 and threw a rock into the front door before fleeing the property. The man is described as having a medium complexion and black hair. He was last seen wearing dark sunglasses, a white baseball cap, dark-colored shirt with flowers on the sleeves, dark jogging pants with white and red stripes on the side and dark-colored shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Departments Seventh Precinct at 313-596-5740 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.
Royal Oak man charged in vandalism of parking structure, post office mailboxes
ROYAL OAK, Mich. A 24-year-old man has been charged with eight counts of malicious destruction of property after he admitted to writing on the Lafayette Parking Structure and several United States Post Office mailboxes. Police were dispatched on July 7 about a man seen near West Sixth and South West streets matching the description of a graffiti suspect from the parking structure. The man, identified as Jack Cleaveland, of Royal Oak, admitted to writing Jack on the property and using liquid paint on the post office mailboxes. Cleaveland was arraigned on Aug. 7 and released on a $1,000 personal bond. Police say Cleaveland does not have any prior convictions or criminal history.
Video: Man trashes Highland Park liquor store over reported face mask dispute
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. Video captured a man trash Azzos Liquor in Highland Park after the store owner claims he was turned away for not wearing a mask Sunday. The surveillance video captures a man in a white shirt holding a bag over his mouth. When he approaches the counter, the owner turns the man away for not wearing a real mask and the man angrily storms out of the store. If youre against wearing a mask, dont take it out on a store. The mask order is still in place for anyone indoors and the fine for not wearing a mask is $500.
‘Defund Police’ painted at Grand Rapids officials’ homes
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Police in Grand Rapids are investigating “Defund Police” messages spray-painted on driveways at the homes of city officials and at a government parking garage. “These bullying and intimidation tactics are unacceptable and won’t be tolerated. “There is a process in place for determining our department’s budget, and we must let that process play out," he said. A member of the city commission, Milinda Ysasi, has proposed cutting the police budget by $9 million. The budget cut could cause dozens of layoffs, according to the Grand Rapids Police Officers Association and Grand Rapids Police Command Officers Association.
Teens facing felony charges after trashing Eastpointe church, police say
EASTPOINTE, Mich. – A church in Eastpointe is in need of major repair work, and three teenagers are facing felony charges in connection with the vandalism. Two of the charged teens are just 13 years old. Lt. Dave Ernatt, with Eastpointe Police, said that from there, the teens ransacked the kitchen and knocked over some boxes of food. Two 13 year old teens were arrested at the scene. “Breaking and entering of a building to commit a crime and commit damage, that’s a felony charge."
Vandals targeting Christmas displays in South Lyon, Green Oak Township
SOUTH LYON, Mich. – A vandal or vandals are targeting Christmas light displays at homes in South Lyon and neighboring Green Oak Township. Mike Chezick puts up a dazzling display at his house each year, bringing joy to the neighborhood. “I find it really sad that someone would come out here and cut wires and be a Grinch for Christmas displays. I felt bad for them,” Chezick said. Chezick posted about the vandalism on the Nextdoor app, only to find out at least three other houses had their decorations vandalized as well.