NW Ind. Man Charged in Fake Hate Crime

AP, May 2, 2009

Police arrested a northwestern Indiana man on charges that he set a fire at his mother’s home and tried to make look like a hate crime by spray-painting a racial slur on the garage door.

Portage police say 21-year-old Brandon Bennett argued with his mother late Thursday, then after she went to sleep painted the slur and used gasoline to set fire to her bedroom door just after midnight Friday.

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