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Petaluma Police Investigate Assault As Hate Crime

PETALUMA (CBS SF) – Petaluma police said Tuesday they are investigating the alleged assault of a 60-year-old white man by four to five black men earlier this month as a hate crime.

The assault occurred around 9 p.m. on March 9 when the alleged victim and his domestic partner were walking in the downtown Petaluma area near the intersection of Mary Street and Petaluma Boulevard North.

The victim and his partner passed a parked green Honda Civic with the black men standing outside of it. According to police, one of the men around the car allegedly hurled profanity at the white man and referred to his race.

Police said the white man then saw one of the black men rushing at him, swinging his arms before the white man reportedly pinned him on the ground. The other black men around the car then approached the two and allegedly kicked the victim several times in the face before fleeing the scene, police said.

The white man suffered a broken nose and left orbital bone, along with cuts and swelling on his face. His partner was uninjured.

The vehicle was described as having “611” among the digits of its rear license plate. A description of the suspects outside of their race wasn’t provided.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Petaluma Police Officer Ron Flores at (707) 778-4372.

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Investigation Underway Into What May Be A Targeted Hate Crime In Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police officers are investigating what they say may be a targeted hate crime in the 3600 block of Fillmore Street. Homeowners called authorities on Saturday evening saying they found racial slurs, including the “n” word and a noose, painted on their home.

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Devin Meade is one of those homeowners. She says she discovered the graffiti after she heard her dogs barking and stepped outside to see what was happening.

“Kind of mortified … It’s kind of hard to explain how you feel,” Meade explained, upon seeing the words in blue paint across the front porch. “This is something that you read about in history books and now it’s reality.”

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Meade also says she’s been embroiled in a legal battle since last year, which she believes led to the incident. It started when she parked her family car in front of a neighbor’s house. The tension has been growing since then.

“We’ve had police contact three times a week since the 19th of August,” Meade told CBS4’s Mekialaya White.

The other homeowner, who chose not to be named, added, “I’ve been getting harassed a lot. I get hit with eggs on my house all the time. I’m very upset. I feel disappointed.”

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CBS4 attempted to talk with the neighbor in question, who declined to comment.

Detectives with the department’s bias-motivated crime unit are actively investigating the area and have not yet named a suspect. Whoever painted the words may face criminal mischief charges.

The homeowners said on Saturday they planned to keep the graffiti up for another day to make a point.

“I don’t want to quiet this down right away. I feel like everybody suppresses everything quick and that’s why this stuff goes on, because nobody hears about it.”

Investigators ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers of Metro Denver at (720) 913-STOP.

Police: ‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollet Staged Attack To ‘Promote His Career’

CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist and homophobic attack because he was unhappy about his salary and wanted to promote his career, Chicago’s police superintendent said Thursday.

Before the attack, the Santa Rosa-born Smollett also sent a threatening letter that targeted himself to the studio in Chicago where “Empire” is shot, Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

Jussie Smollet (Chicago Police Dept.)

Smollett turned himself in and was arrested earlier Thursday to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. Smollett was expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

“He took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson told reporters at a news conference.

“This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn and certainly didn’t deserve,” he later added.

The FBI has been investigating the letter sent before the attack. Johnson would not say whether Smollett could face charges for that.


Suspect Tells Police He ‘Hates Muslims’ After Attacking Sikh Clerk

MARYSVILLE (CBS13) — A Marysville man is behind bars charged with a hate crime and assault. He walked into a 7-Eleven and threw hot coffee in the clerk’s face. He later told police he did it because he thought the clerk was Muslim.

“It’s fueled by hate and it’s an attack against all of us, so we need to stand up together to make sure that we put this kind of bigotry to an end,” said Amar Shergill, a board member with American Sikh Public Affairs Association.

The store clerk is still recovering after being assaulted earlier this week.  Just before 2 o’clock Wednesday morning, a man dressed in black walked into the 7-Eleven on Highway 70.

Police said in a press release the man made a cup of coffee and tried to leave without paying. When the clerk confronted the man, video surveillance showed him throwing the hot coffee into the clerk’s face, punching the man and running.

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Later that day, police arrested John Crain who told them he did it because the clerk was Muslim.

John Crain's booking photo. (Credit: Marysville Police Department)

John Crain’s booking photo. (Credit: Marysville Police Department)

“It’s wrong,” said Vincent Henry, who lives near the 7-Eleven.  “That right there is really a hate crime.”

But according to another clerk, Baljeet Singh, Crain was mistaken.

“No, He’s Sikh!” Singh said, describing his coworker.  “I come from India.”

A mix-up that Shergill said happens time and time again.

“We stand with our Muslim brothers our LGBTQ sisters and brothers and the Jewish community so that they know that an attack against any one of us is an attack against all of us,” he told CBS13.

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He said the Sikh community has seen the number of ani-Sikh hate crimes go up since the 2016 election.

“We’re trying to get our political leaders to be responsible because when they speak, bigots, like we saw in Marysville, will act,” Shergill said.

So what’s the answer to keeping incidents like this from happening again?

“I think the solution is more communication with people, direct communication, living with people of different ethnicities,” said Jay Inglee, who works in Grass Valley.

Singh told CBS13 his coworker is still healing from the attack, and he hopes this incident doesn’t overshadow the nice customers he sees every day.

“There are many good people who come and appreciate all of us,” Singh said.

Crain is being held at Yuba County Jail charged with theft, assault and a hate crime.

Man Facing Hate Crime Charge After Throwing Hot Coffee, Punching Marysville 7-Eleven Clerk

MARYSVILLE (CBS13) – A man is facing a hate crime charge after he allegedly attacked a store clerk in Marysville on Wednesday.

The incident happened just before 2 a.m. at the 7-Eleven along 9th Street.

Marysville police say a store clerk reported that a man had walked into the store, poured a cup of coffee, then tried to leave without paying. After being confronted, the suspect threw the hot coffee at the clerk then punched him in the face.

Officers say the clerk suffered injuries from the hot coffee and the punch.

John Crain's booking photo. (Credit: Marysville Police Department)

John Crain’s booking photo. (Credit: Marysville Police Department)

Surveillance video from the incident helped officers get a good description of the suspect. Later that day, officers responded to another assault in the area and found a suspect walking away matching the description of the man from the earlier incident.

The man, John Crain, was arrested. Police say he admitted to assaulting the clerk the night before.

Officers say Crain stated he “hated Muslims” and attacked the clerk because he believed he’s Muslim.

Crain was booked into Yuba County Jail and is facing charges of theft, assault and a hate crime.

An Exclusive Look Inside The Home Of Two ‘Potential Suspects’ In The Jussie Smollett Case

CHICAGO (CBS) — CBS 2 got an exclusive look inside the home of two “potential suspects” in the alleged attack of Empire actor Jussie Smollett.

CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar spoke with a relative of the men, who says their home was ransacked in a police raid. The relative described hearing a loud banging at the door and that door crashing down. She says a flood of police officers came in with a search warrant.

A look inside the home shows the door, dented and kicked in, with the frame cracked.

A look inside the home of two potential suspects in the Jussie Smollett case shows the door, dented and kicked in, with the frame cracked, after a police raid.

Belongings are thrown across the living room.

Belongings are thrown across the living room of two potential suspects in the Jussie Smollett case following a police raid.

Bedroom doors are damaged and clothes are tossed everywhere.

Bedroom doors are damaged and clothes are tossed everywhere in the home of two potential suspects in the Jussie Smollett case following a police raid.

Police took a number of items from the home including bleach, a black face mask, a phone, receipts and an Empire script, according to an inventory list left behind by police.

Police left behind an inventory of items taken during the raid of the home of two potential suspects in the Jussie Smollett case.

Two sources with intimate knowledge of the investigation tell CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards the attack on Smollett was potentially orchestrated by the actor himself and involved two other men.

The two potential suspects are currently being interrogated. Police say while they have not found any video documenting the alleged attack, there is also no evidence to say the attack is a hoax.

The attorney for the two men says her clients could be charged as early as Friday.

More than two weeks ago Smollett told police he was approached by two men yelling racial and homophobic slurs and a chemical was poured on him as the alleged attackers put a rope around his neck.

Smollett is being cooperative and continues to be treated as a victim, not a suspect, according to police.





Brothers Detained In Connection With Alleged Staged Attack On Jussie Smollett Could Be Charged Friday, Attorney Says

CHICAGO (CBS) — A source with intimate knowledge of the Jussie Smollett investigation tells CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards the attack on Smollett was potentially orchestrated by the actor himself and involved two other men.

Chicago police call those reports “unconfirmed.”

The two “persons of interest” are brothers who worked on the Empire actor’s show.

The two brothers are now in police custody, being questioned in connection with the alleged staged, according to sources. Their attorney says they could be charged as early as Friday.

Following a police raid, the front door of their home is busted off its frame. Belongings are thrown across the living room. Bedroom doors are damaged and clothes tossed everywhere.

“They were actually detained at customs at O’Hare airport yesterday around 5:45 p.m.,” said their lawyer Gloria Schmidt. “They had no idea what was going on, and they’ve been detained since then.”

The brothers were returning from a trip to Nigeria, their attorney said. As they were picked up by police at O’Hare, officers were at their home, taking several items and leaving behind an inventory list of some of the items taken. The list includes a black face mask hat, an Empire script, a phone, receipts, a red hat and bleach.

“When they first learned about what happened to him they were horrified. This is someone they know. This is someone they’ve worked with, so they don’t want to see somebody go through that,” Schmidt said.

According to Schmidt, the men have worked as extras on Empire and go to the gym with Smollett on occasion.

“They are really baffled why they are people of interest,” she said. “They really don’t understand how they even got information that linked them to this horrific crime, but they are not guilty of it.”

More than two weeks ago Smollett told police he was approached by two men yelling racial and homophobic slurs and a chemical was poured on him as the alleged attackers put a rope around his neck.

Smollett detailed his version of events to Good Morning America.

“When the police came, I kept the clothes on. I kept the rope,” Smollett said. “I mean, it wasn’t like wrapped around, but yeah it was around because I wanted them to see. I wanted them to see what this was.”

No surveillance of the attack exists, but police released a grainy image of the two men who were in the area at the time of the alleged crime.

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“I feel that they feel the pinch to make an arrest. It’s an awful thing that happened to Jussie, but it’s not my guys,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt went on to say she does not believe the attack was a hoax or staged.

Family of the brothers says all of this is a complete shock.