Hate Crime Incident Being Investigated By FBI In Cincinnati

  • 2/11/2018 2:36:44 PM
  • Larry Stine
  • Local News

CINCINNATI, OH - The FBI is offering a $3,000 reward in a hate crime investigation in Cincinnati.

They say someone vandalized a car last year, only because its owner is of the Middle Eastern background.

The crime was captured on camera.

This is the suspect investigators believe is responsible for trying to terrorize a man of Middle Eastern descent last May in Sayler Park.

"A single subject was recorded on surveillance video during the incident," says Angela Byers, FBI Special Agent in Charge. "The person appears to be right-handed and is wearing a light-colored, hooded sweatshirt and dark pants."

This is the damage he caused, swastikas painted on the man's vehicle.

Slogans, too, including "go home," "Muslim terrorist," "Trump America."

Cincinnati Police and the FBI need your help to track down whoever did this.

"A lot of times it's that call - I think I know something - that we're able to put the pieces together and connect the dots," says Cincinnati Police Lt. Col. Dave Bailey."So, again, anybody knows anything - call."

Paul Booth of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission listened to Friday's news conference at the FBI headquarters and had this reaction.

"It's totally appalling," Booth said.

The question is why?

"I would say it's a hate crime, it's a person who just does not like people because of what they are, how they look, what they stand for, where they come from.," Booth says.

A $3,000 reward is being offered for an arrest that leads to a conviction in the case.

"Hate crimes are not only an attack on the victim, they're meant to threaten and intimidate an entire community," Byers says.

Investigators say the crime appears to be random, things of this nature don't normally happen in Sayler Park they say, but if they do, they won't be tolerated.

"This is no place for hate," Booth says. "We've got to lock arms. We've got to stand together as a community and when we see something we must say something."

The Council of Islamic-American Relations is also offering a $1,000 reward in the case.

Officials say anyone with information should call the FBI or visit its "Tips" website.

More Local News

Our top stories from around the area
  • The App That Helps Keep Marion County Safe

    • 2/22/2019 6:09:36 PM
    • Jenna Ramolt
    • Local News

    When a tip came in concerning a possible threat at a high school in Marion County, the Marion County Sheriff's Office were able to tackle it quickly thanks to an app called Tip411.

Local News

More stories from around the area