Police investigate alleged hate crime in Mid-Michigan

Jessica Royce & Samaia Hernandez

Michigan -- The Tuscola County Sheriff's Office is investigating an alleged case of "ethnic intimidation."

Deputies were called to a home in the Village of Clifford on Nov. 12.

The family told police when they woke up that morning they found many boxes taped together blocking their driveway. The boxes had statements about Donald Trump taking back America and the words "Mexicans suck."

The family also told investigators they found a doll made of balloons hanging nearby and vulgar graffiti spray painted on their driveway.

The family was preparing for their daughter's quinceanera when they made the discovery.

The sheriff said this is the first case of racial intimidation in this area, but they are taking it very seriously.

"That is intimidation and it is a felony. So anytime you try to do something like that based on race or creed or religion, it is a two year felony by Michigan law," Sheriff Glen Skrent said.

The victims, whose Mexican heritage dates back generations, have lived in the area for more than 10 years. They have never experienced hate like this.

If you have any information on the case, call Deputy Steve Roland at 989-673-8161 ex. 4056.


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