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Cincinnati man charged with hate crime in racist graffiti case

Samuel Whitt (Cincinnati Police Department) Samuel Whitt (Cincinnati Police Department)

A man accused of vandalizing a Price Hill home around Thanksgiving 2016 now faces hate crime charges from a federal grand jury. 

Police say Samuel Whitt, 40, broke into an interracial couple's home and spray painted racially charged messages such as "White Power" and the Nazi swastika after being evicted from their property.

Whitt splattered paint on walls, stairs and appliances; made holes in the walls; broke banisters; tore carpet; poured quick-drying concrete into the bathroom drains and toilet; and stabbed a knife into the floor, according to a statement from U.S. District Attorney Benjamin Glassman's office. He is also accused of removing plumbing traps to leave water running, pouring paint into the gas stove and removing the kitchen smoke detector.

The homeowners said Whitt caused about $50,000 in damages. 

In December, Cincinnati police arrested and charged Whitt with breaking and entering and vandalism. 

On Wednesday, federal officials announced the hate crime indictment and again arrested Whitt.

Whitt is charged with criminal interference with the right to fair housing and attempted arson. He could face a maximum of 30 years in prison if convicted. 

This is the first hate crime to be prosecuted in Glassman's office in the past 20 years.

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