FBI: ‘Muslim Terrorist’ and ‘Trump America’ painted on SUV in suspected hate crime

(Cincinnati Police, FBI)
(Cincinnati Police, FBI)
(Cincinnati Police, FBI)
(Cincinnati Police, FBI)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A suspected hate crime is under investigation by the Cincinnati Police Department and the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, leaders announced Friday.

Authorities said the incident happened off Gravely Drive in Sayler Park in May 2017 involving a car that was badly damaged and covered in racist phrases, and symbols.

Police said a number of windows were broken out of the vehicle and tires were slashed. Swastika symbols were scratched into the paint. In addition, several phrases were spray painted on the vehicle, including "Go Home," "Muslim Terrorist," and "Trump America."

Authorities said a single subject was recorded on surveillance video.

The Cincinnati Police Department and the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are offering a reward of $3,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of the person(s) responsible.

"These types of crime are rare for us," Asst. Chief David Bailey said. "We don't see them very often but they can cause victims fear and can have ripple effects throughout the community."

Paul Booth with the Human Relations Commission said these rare crimes seem to be happening more.

"I'm appalled and uh there seems to be an increase although we can't quantify that," he said.

His office is currently working on tracking these crimes, but in the meantime he said the community also has to do more.

"We have to say this is no place for hate. We have to lock arms. We have to stand together as a community and when we see something we must say something," Booth said.

The Cincinnati Police Department and the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are offering a reward of $3,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of the person(s) responsible.

The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined the FBI in offering a reward for information leading to an arrest. CAIR-Cincinnati is offering $1,000

"We urge anyone with information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator to immediately contact law enforcement authorities," CAIR-Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub said in a news release. "We thank the FBI for its action in this case and hope it sends a strong message that acts of anti-Muslim bigotry will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

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