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Grindr Meetup Ends With Dismemberment Of PA 14-Year-Old: Affidavit Grindr Meetup Ends With Dismemberment Of PA 14-Year-Old: Affidavit
Grindr Meetup Ends With Dismemberment Of PA 14-Year-Old: Affidavit A 14-year-old transgender teenager from Western Pennsylvania met their alleged killer through the dating app Grindr, according to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by Daily Voice.  Dashawn Dale Depree Watkins, 29 of Sharon, is in the Mercer County Prison after bloody clothes and surveillance videos linked him to the brutal dismembering of 14-year-old Pauly Likens, the Pennsylvania State Police explained in a press release and court documents.  Likens was reported missing by "his" father (who does not acknowledge his son's transition to become a girl, the police explained in the affida…
Man Yelled Racial Slurs In Person's Backyard On July 4, Montgomery Police Say Man Yelled Racial Slurs In Person's Backyard On July 4, Montgomery Police Say
Man Yelled Racial Slurs In Person's Backyard On July 4, Montgomery Police Say Police in Montgomery are looking for a man who yelled a racial slur at a couple while on their property on the evening of Thursday, July 4. That evening, the couple observed an elderly man in their backyard, Montgomery police said in a release. When the couple confronted the man, he started harassing them and yelled a racial slur, police said. The man left the property but was observed later walking through the neighborhood. The man was last seen wearing jeans, a  pink polo shirt, glasses, and a camo style ball cap and he spoke with an accent, police said. If anyone can identify …
Man Follows, Assaults 2 Teenagers At Dobbs Ferry Restaurant: Here's His Sentence Man Follows, Assaults 2 Teenagers At Dobbs Ferry Restaurant: Here's His Sentence
Man Follows, Assaults 2 Teenagers At Dobbs Ferry Restaurant: Here's His Sentence A 63-year-old man will spend several years in prison for following and assaulting two 15-year-olds at a Westchester restaurant as well as repeatedly threatening a 13-year-old boy for several months.  Dobbs Ferry resident Vincent Pappas was sentenced on Thursday, June 20 to six years in state prison for assaulting the two teenagers, as well as a separate one-year sentence for harassing and threatening a 13-year-old boy, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced on Friday, June 21.  According to the DA's Office, on Sept. 29, 2022, at around 5:30 p.m., Pap…
Racially-Charged Road Rage Incident Lands Armed Maryland Man Behind Bars: Police Racially-Charged Road Rage Incident Lands Armed Maryland Man Behind Bars: Police
Racially-Charged Road Rage Incident Lands Armed Maryland Man Behind Bars: Police A road rage incident resulted in a hate crime when a man began using racially-offensive language and assaulted a 24-year-old Black man in Anne Arundel County, police say. Keith Paul Kelly, 63, has been accused of a hate crime following an incident that turned ugly and resulted in him assaulting and pointing a weapon at his victim in Brooklyn during the Wednesday afternoon commute. Police say that at approximately 4:50 p.m. on June 12, officers were called to the area of Marshall Road and 8th Avenue to investigate a reported assault. According to the initial investigation, Kelly used racial…
'Hate Has No Home' Here: Bomb Threat Didn't Stop Drag Queen Story Hour In Newton 'Hate Has No Home' Here: Bomb Threat Didn't Stop Drag Queen Story Hour In Newton
'Hate Has No Home' Here: Bomb Threat Didn't Stop Drag Queen Story Hour In Newton The New Art Center said it would not be bullied into changing its mission after receiving a bomb threat shortly before its planned Drag Queen Story Hour over the weekend.  The call came in just after 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, claiming that bombs placed on the roof of the 61 Washington Park building would "go boom" at 11 a.m., said New Art Executive Director Emily O’Neil in a news release.  The caller did not mention the event by name, but the Drag Queen Story Hour was set to begin at 11 a.m. And events like it have also been the target of protests and threats in the past.  …
NJ Sikhs Terrorized By Texas Man Who Threatened To 'Show Them Heaven': Feds NJ Sikhs Terrorized By Texas Man Who Threatened To 'Show Them Heaven': Feds
NJ Sikhs Terrorized By Texas Man Who Threatened To 'Show Them Heaven': Feds A Texas man threatened to forcibly shave the “top and bottom hair” of a South Jersey Sikh activist, make that person smoke and eat tobacco and “show [them] heaven,” federal authorities charged. Bhushan Athale, 48, left seven voicemails of hate over the course of a single hour on Sept. 17, 2022, threatening to kill his primary target -- along with fellow members of a Sikh nonprofit organization in Burlington County – with a razor blade, they said. The voicemails, from Dallas, were “filled with violent imagery and obscenity” and “contained references to places, people and tenets that are part…
Man Charged With Hate Crime At Kingston Synagogue Man Charged With Hate Crime At Kingston Synagogue
Man Charged With Hate Crime At Kingston Synagogue A Hudson Valley man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly posting an anti-semitic banner at a synagogue. Ulster County resident Caleb H. Rochester, age 55, of Kingston, was arrested on Thursday, May 16, for the Monday, March 25 incident at Temple Emanuel Synagogue in Kingston.  According to Capt. Joseph Sciutto of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office, congregants discovered a banner with anti-semitic language and artwork adhered to the exterior of the synagogue.  Sciutto said the adhesive product used had also caused damage to the exterior…
4 Rockland County Teens Face Hate Crime Charges For Anti-Semitic Slurs, Firing Pellet Gun 4 Rockland County Teens Face Hate Crime Charges For Anti-Semitic Slurs, Firing Pellet Gun
4 Rockland County Teens Face Hate Crime Charges For Anti-Semitic Slurs, Firing Pellet Gun Five Hudson Valley teens have been charged with hate crimes for allegedly yelling anti-Semitic slurs and shooting a pellet gun at individuals.  The incidents occurred in Rockland County in Ramapo on two dates in April. According to Det. Sgt. Michael Higgins of the Ramapo Police, the first two teens were arrested on Friday, April 19, for aggravated harassment as a hate crime. Higgins said the two 17-year-olds, one from Airmont and one from Suffern, were riding along Cragmere Road around 9 p.m. in Ramapo when the passenger shot an Orbeez water pellet gun at people walking on the si…
2 'Racist Incidents' Condemned By Dobbs Ferry Officials 2 'Racist Incidents' Condemned By Dobbs Ferry Officials
2 'Racist Incidents' Condemned By Dobbs Ferry Officials Officials in a Westchester village are condemning two racial incidents, including the discovery of a swastika painted on a public trash can.  The two incidents were detailed in a statement by the Village of Dobbs Ferry on Monday, April 29, in which officials said they had occurred over the past week. The first of the incidents happened at Waterfront Park when a man visiting the village called police and claimed a local father, who is Black, had been threatening him and the children in the park's playground. Authorities began investigating and quickly realized the report was false, offi…
'We Stand With Israel' Banner In Front Of Rockville Synagogue Vandalized 'We Stand With Israel' Banner In Front Of Rockville Synagogue Vandalized
'We Stand With Israel' Banner In Front Of Rockville Synagogue Vandalized A pro-Israel flag was vandalized outside of a Maryland synagogue over the weekend, now police in Montgomery County are attempting to track down those responsible. On Sunday morning, officials from Temple Beth Ami on Travilah Road in Rockville were met by a disconcerting sight, when they arrived for a program and found a sign that has stood for years defaced by red spray paint in an attempt to replace “Israel” with “Palestine.” Officials expressed that they are "grateful to live in a nation which enshrines free speech," but made note that what happened over the weekend is not, by defini…
Teens Wanted For Hate Crime After Vandalizing Glen Burnie Church, Police Say Teens Wanted For Hate Crime After Vandalizing Glen Burnie Church, Police Say
Teens Wanted For Hate Crime After Vandalizing Glen Burnie Church, Police Say Two teens are wanted by the Anne Arundel Police Department for a hate crime after allegedly vandalizing a statue, officials say. An investigation has been launched into the destruction of property at Saint Albans Episcopal Church in Glen Burnie late on Sunday afternoon. Police say that at around 6 p.m. on April 21, a teen boy and girl broke a piece of concrete off a flower bed at the church, then used it to damage a memorial plaque that was in the garden on the property. The incident has been classified as a hate crime because a religious entity owns the damaged property, they noted. It re…
GOTCHA! Federal, State Team Seize Local Man, 24, In Rutgers Islamic Center Vandalism GOTCHA! Federal, State Team Seize Local Man, 24, In Rutgers Islamic Center Vandalism
Gotcha! Federal, State Team Seize Local Man, 24, In Rutgers Islamic Center Vandalism UPDATE: An elite law enforcement team captured a 24-year-old local man on Monday who authorities said broke in and trashed the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University in New Brunswick earlier this month. Jacob Beacher was due for an initial afternoon appearance on federal hate crime charges in U.S. District Court in Newark on April 22. Beacher broke into the CILRU shortly after 2:30 a.m. April 10 and did an estimated $40,000 worth of damage, state and federal authorities said. It was during the Eid-al-Fitr -- the Islamic holiday commemorating the end of sunrise-to-dusk fasting during…
Stabbing In Northwest DC Eatery Being Investigated As Hate Crime: Metropolitan Police Stabbing In Northwest DC Eatery Being Investigated As Hate Crime: Metropolitan Police
Stabbing In Northwest DC Eatery Being Investigated As Hate Crime: Metropolitan Police The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an incident reported at a Northwest DC restaurant as a possible hate crime after a knife-wielding 63-year-old man targeted other patrons while spewing derogatory comments based on their race. Earlier this week, Reginald Pickett was arrested following an incident inside a business in the 1200 block of New York Avenue NW. At approximately 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, police say that Pickett's alleged victims were ordering food when he took out a knife, threatened one person, and made derogatory comments toward them both based on their rac…
Man Wanted For Hate Crime Following Vandalism, Burglary At Glen Burnie Church: Police Man Wanted For Hate Crime Following Vandalism, Burglary At Glen Burnie Church: Police
Man Wanted For Hate Crime Following Vandalism, Burglary At Glen Burnie Church: Police The Anne Arundel County Police Department is investigating a reported hate crime after a burglary and vandalism incident at a Glen Burnie church. In the early morning hours of Sunday, detectives were called to Christ the King Catholic Church on Dorsey Road, where there was a reported robbery where a man was caught on camera breaking a window to gain access to the building, officials said. Christ the King Catholic Church at 126 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie Google Maps street view According to police, because the incident involved the damage of church-owned property, it is considered a hate…
Burglary Crew Targeted Asian Business Owner In Northern Westchester, DA Says Burglary Crew Targeted Asian Business Owner In Northern Westchester, DA Says
Burglary Crew Targeted Asian Business Owner In Northern Westchester, DA Says Three men face charges after burglarizing the Northern Westchester home of an Asian business owner, including one suspect accused of a hate crime, officials announced.  The trio, who all live in Queens, were indicted in connection with a September 2023 burglary at an  Ossining residence, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced on Wednesday, April 10.  According to the DA's Office, on Friday, Sept. 29 around 12:20 p.m., the three defendants broke into the Ossining home of a local business owner who is Asian. The trio then allegedly stole designer handbags f…
'Reprehensible': Crimefighters Unite To Pursue Rutgers' Islamic Center Attackers (UPDATE) 'Reprehensible': Crimefighters Unite To Pursue Rutgers' Islamic Center Attackers (UPDATE)
'Reprehensible': Crimefighters Unite To Pursue Rutgers' Islamic Center Attackers (Update) The overnight trashing Wednesday of the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University in New Brunswick -- which coincides with the end of the holy month of Ramadan -- is being treated as a bias crime, authorities said. Someone forced their way in sometimes before 4:30 a.m. April 10, broke glass and destroyed artwork and various other possessions, Rutgers Police Chief Kenneth Cop said. The attack came on Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic holiday commemorating the end of sunrise-to-dusk fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. "Today we witnessed art pieces with Quranic verses, shattered window…
Driver From Spring Valley Charged After Food Delivery Dustup In Monsey Driver From Spring Valley Charged After Food Delivery Dustup In Monsey
Driver From Spring Valley Charged After Food Delivery Dustup In Monsey A Hudson Valley delivery man has been charged with assault as a hate crime following a dispute involving a food order. On Thursday, April 4, in Rockland County, Ramapo Police Department officers responded to Old Nyack Turnpike in Monseyafter receiving a report of the dispute. Upon arriving at the scene, the officers found that the victim had ordered food from an online delivery service, but because of a mistake in the delivery address, the driver had to travel a longer distance than expected.  The driver became angry and allegedly used anti-Semitic language towards the victim, said po…
Students Charged With Hate Crime For Anti-Semitic Sentiment At Calvert County MS, Sheriff Says Students Charged With Hate Crime For Anti-Semitic Sentiment At Calvert County MS, Sheriff Says
Students Charged With Hate Crime For Anti-Semitic Sentiment At Calvert County MS, Sheriff Says A group of teens who allegedly harassed a girl inside a Calvert County middle school for months have been charged with hate crime violations, according to the sheriff's office. Over the weekend, a spokesperson for the agency announced that three 13-year-old students at Plum Point Middle School have been charged as juveniles with harassment and violations of Maryland’s hate crimes statutes.  According to charging documents, the students displayed swastikas, made Nazi salutes, and directed offensive comments to a classmate because of the classmate’s religious beliefs. The behavior …
Brake-Checking, Racist Parent Vowed To Have NJ Bus Driver Fired — And She Was: Lawsuit Brake-Checking, Racist Parent Vowed To Have NJ Bus Driver Fired — And She Was: Lawsuit
Brake-Checking, Racist Parent Vowed To Have NJ Bus Driver Fired — And She Was: Lawsuit A black school bus driver claims she was fired after an encounter with a racist parent who confronted her on the road in Cumberland County, court papers say. Genera Fisher filed a lawsuit against the Millville Public Charter School on March 7 in Superior Court, alleging she was let go "in retaliation for her protected activity of reporting a hate crime and/or racial harassment."  The alleged road rage incident occurred on March 3, 2023, according to the lawsuit which described the scene: A car driven by another student's parent brake-checking and turning without signaling in …
West Hempstead Man Harasses, Threatens To Kill Florida State Legislator: DA West Hempstead Man Harasses, Threatens To Kill Florida State Legislator: DA
West Hempstead Man Harasses, Threatens To Kill Florida State Legislator: DA A Long Island man has been accused of committing a hate crime after he called a legislator in Florida and left her multiple threatening voicemails, authorities said. Sixty-year-old Jacob Burbar of West Hempstead faced his arraignment on Thursday, March 14, the Nassau County District Attorney announced. According to the DA’s Office, Burbar had seen a video on Instagram regarding the Israel and Palestine conflict, prompting him to call a Florida House of Representative member’s office on November 11, 2023. The content of the videos he saw was not made public, nor was the legislator’s name…
Man Who Stole Pro-Israel Flags In Hewlett Arraigned For Hate Crimes: DA Man Who Stole Pro-Israel Flags In Hewlett Arraigned For Hate Crimes: DA
Man Who Stole Pro-Israel Flags In Hewlett Arraigned For Hate Crimes: DA A  man is facing multiple hate crime charges after he allegedly stole two pro-Israel flags and assaulted a Long Island homeowner. Bechir Lehbeib, age 26 of Jamaica, Queens, was indicted by a jury on Wednesday, March 6, the Nassau County District Attorney announced. Original Report - Man Accused Of Hate Crime After Stealing Pro-Israel Flag, Punching Hewlett Homeowner: Police On Sunday, February 4, Lehbeib allegedly walked up to a Hewlett home just after 1 p.m. The Steven Drive house was displaying two flags — one of which depicted a blend of the American and Israeli flags and…
Shooting At Sheetz Being Probed As Possible Hate/Bias Crime In Spotsylvania, Sheriff Says Shooting At Sheetz Being Probed As Possible Hate/Bias Crime In Spotsylvania, Sheriff Says
Shooting At Sheetz Being Probed As Possible Hate/Bias Crime In Spotsylvania, Sheriff Says A shooting outside Sheetz in Spotsylvania County is being investigated as a possible hate or bias crime after two Hispanic men from Prince William County were shot overnight, police say. Caroline resident Douglas Wayne Cornett, 57, is behind bars following an investigation into a shooting that was reported on Thursday night. Shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, deputies from the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office were called to the Sheetz parking lot in the 5000 block of Mudd Tavern Road in Thornburg, where they found two men - ages 29 and 45 - suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Det…
Man Who Threatened To Harm Boston Doctor Over Her Work With Trans Kids Gets 3 Months: Feds Man Who Threatened To Harm Boston Doctor Over Her Work With Trans Kids Gets 3 Months: Feds
Man Who Threatened To Harm Boston Doctor Over Her Work With Trans Kids Gets 3 Months: Feds A Texas man who threatened a Boston doctor for her work with transgender children will spend three months behind bars.  Matthew Jordan Lindner, 39, of Comfort, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transmission of threatening communication, the US Attorney for Massachusetts said. Along with his prison sentence, he must pay nearly $3,000 in restitution and spend three years on probation.  Investigators said Lindner called the Boston-based National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center on Aug. 31, 2022, and left a hate-filled voicemail.  “You sick motherf*****s, you’re a…
Swastikas, Racial Slur Found Spray Painted On Arlington Sidewalk, Vehicles, Police Say Swastikas, Racial Slur Found Spray Painted On Arlington Sidewalk, Vehicles, Police Say
Swastikas, Racial Slur Found Spray Painted On Arlington Sidewalk, Vehicles, Police Say An investigation has been launched in Virginia after there were reports of hateful imagery found on a sidewalk and painted on at least two vehicles earlier this week, police say. Officers from the Arlington Police Department were called to the 5700 block of 27th Street North early on Monday morning to investigate reports of graffiti in the area. Responding officers found a swastika painting on the sidewalk, and while canvassing the area, found two vehicles in the 2700 block of North Jefferson Street that had been spray painted, one of which included a swastika and racial slur. The incident…
Assault Being Probed By Police As Being Potentially Motivated By Hate/Bias: MPD Assault Being Probed By Police As Being Potentially Motivated By Hate/Bias: MPD
Assault Being Probed By Police As Being Potentially Motivated By Hate/Bias: MPD The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault as a possible hate or bias-motivated crime after a 59-year-old man berated an employee at a Northwest DC business. George Sommers, who has no fixed address, was arrested over the weekend following an altercation with another man that rapidly escalated in the 3300 block of M Street NW, officials say. According to investigators, on Friday afternoon, the two got into a verbal dispute that ramped up when Sommers allegedly assaulted the victim and fled the scene.  During the incident, police say that "he made derogat…
UPDATE: Red Paint, Anti-Semitic Messages Deface Sign At Glen Rock Starbucks UPDATE: Red Paint, Anti-Semitic Messages Deface Sign At Glen Rock Starbucks
Update: Red Paint, Anti-Semitic Messages Deface Sign At Glen Rock Starbucks Authorities were searching for whoever defaced a sign at a Starbucks in Glen Rock overnight with red paint, graffiti and stickers with hateful messages against Israel. The manager of the shop in the borough's central business district called police shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, Police Chief Dean Ackermann said. In addition to the paint, stickers were attached, one of which read: "FROM THE U.S. TO PALESTINE ABOLISH THE SETTLER STATE." "it is believed that the act occurred in the early morning hours prior to the opening of the store," the chief said. Ackermann said his department is…
Suspect Caught After Assaulting Woman Pumping Gas, Crashing Her Vehicle In Wawatsing: Police Suspect Caught After Assaulting Woman Pumping Gas, Crashing Her Vehicle In Wawatsing: Police
Suspect Caught After Assaulting Woman Pumping Gas, Crashing Her Vehicle In Wawatsing: Police A Hudson Valley man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly robbing and stealing a woman's car at a gas station. The incident took place in Ulster County around 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Mobil Station on Route 209 in the town of Wawarsing. According to Trooper Steven Nevel, a preliminary investigation revealed that Shirley Clayton, an 84-year-old woman from the hamlet of Kerhonkson was pumping gas when she was assaulted by Christopher Doulin, age 37, of Lake Katrine.  Nevel said Doulin shoved Clayton to the ground and entered her vehicle.  As he was going thro…
Man Who Attacked Asian-Owned Businesses Over Mask Requirement In Baltimore Gets Life In Prison Man Who Attacked Asian-Owned Businesses Over Mask Requirement In Baltimore Gets Life In Prison
Man Who Attacked Asian-Owned Businesses Over Mask Requirement In Baltimore Gets Life In Prison The Baltimore man who attacked three Asian-owned businesses over their masking requirements during the COVID pandemic is heading to prison for life. Darryl Doles was sentenced to life in prison with all but 30 years suspended for two counts of attempted murder, assault, and hate crime, Baltimore City State's Attorney Ivan J. Bates announced on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Doles pleaded guilty to the charges in September 2023. Court documents detail Doles' May 2, 2021 "rampage" after he was denied entry to two Asian-American businesses for refusing to wear a mask indoors. It began at Linden Discount …
Man Accused Of Hate Crime After Stealing Pro-Israel Flag, Punching Hewlett Homeowner: Police Man Accused Of Hate Crime After Stealing Pro-Israel Flag, Punching Hewlett Homeowner: Police
Man Accused Of Hate Crime After Stealing Pro-Israel Flag, Punching Hewlett Homeowner: Police A man was arrested after he reportedly stole a pro-Israel flag from a Long Island home and attacked the homeowner, police said. The incident occurred on Sunday, Feb. 4 in Hewlett, according to Nassau County Police. Read the new, updated story - Man Who Stole Pro-Israel Flags In Hewlett Arraigned For Hate Crimes: DA Just after 1 p.m. that day, a man who lives on Steven Drive reported seeing 26-year-old Bechir Lehbeib walk onto his property and tear down a flag and banner that he had displaying outside his home. The man, who was not named by police, confronted Lehbeib about the fl…
Anti-Jewish AND Muslim Hate Lands Philly Man Federal Charges: USDOJ Anti-Jewish AND Muslim Hate Lands Philly Man Federal Charges: USDOJ
Anti-Jewish AND Muslim Hate Lands Philly Man Federal Charges: Usdoj A Philadelphia man is charged with communicating threats across state lines, according to federal prosecutors.  Yaniv Gola, 50, is accused of threatening to "injure, rape and kill" eight different people over the phone, said the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Investigators claim Gola used a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service to hide his real phone number from the victims. Investigators believe the calls took place between August 2022 and November 2023.  "You (expletive) Jew, now I know where you are," he allegedly said in one call. "…
Jersey Shore Man Admits Anti-Semitic Rampage: Running Down Victims, Stabbing, Carjacking Jersey Shore Man Admits Anti-Semitic Rampage: Running Down Victims, Stabbing, Carjacking
Jersey Shore Man Admits Anti-Semitic Rampage: Running Down Victims, Stabbing, Carjacking A Jersey Shore man admitted in federal court on Thursday that he committed a series of violent assaults on members of the Jewish Orthodox community in and around Lakewood. What became a rampage over roughly seven hours began when Dion Marsh, 29, of Manchester, dragged a "visibly identifiable" Orthodox Jew out of his car, beat him and sped off in the victim's vehicle on April 8, 2022, authorities said. Marsh was driving a different car in the heavily Orthodox community hours later when he ran down victims in three separate incidents, attempting to kill each of them, U.S. Attorney for New Jer…