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Man charged in racist vandalism of suburban Detroit home

Man charged in racist vandalism of suburban Detroit home
Graffiti with racial threats can be seen on a truck belonging to Eddie Hall Jr. and his wife Candace in front of their Warren, Mich., home on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. An arrest has been made in connection with vandalism and shots fired into the couple's home. Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer confirmed the arrest Tuesday night, Sept. 29 but didn't elaborate on charges or the person arrested. (David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP)

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A 24-year-old white man has been charged with ethnic intimidation and other counts for firing shots into the home of a Black suburban Detroit family who put a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window, police said Wednesday.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said at a news conference that the man lives in the neighborhood and that he confessed to the shooting and acts of vandalism targeting that family, as well as writing “pedophile” on a garage door a few blocks away.

“It was the No. 1 priority with the Warren Police Department from the day that hate crime took place,” Dwyer told The Detroit News Tuesday night in announcing the man's arrest. “We used just as much resources as we would in a homicide investigation.”

On Sept. 7, shots were fired at Eddie and Candace Hall's home in Warren.

Two days later, someone painted a swastika on one of their vehicles, slashed the tires and threw a large stone through their front window. Outside, they discovered a swastika and found that someone had written “terrorist Black Lives Matter,” “not welcome” and a phrase containing an expletive on their pickup truck.

The following day, someone fired a bullet through the Halls’ front window and police found six shell casings outside the house.

Home surveillance video showed a masked and hooded man carrying what appears to be a handgun outside the home. Police continue to search for that weapon, Dwyer said.

Dwyer didn't name the suspect, but said he lives with his parents and does not personally know Eddie and Candace Hall. The suspect remained jailed Wednesday and faces arraignment Thursday on eight felonies and one misdemeanor, Dwyer said.

Other charges include discharging a weapon at a building and malicious destruction of property. A confidential informant helped lead investigators to the suspect, Dwyer said.

Eddie Hall said his family has lived in Warren for about six years. The family has not removed the Black Lives Matter sign.

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