Racially motivated attack in the Cape?
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CREATED Apr. 10, 2013
RACIAL ATTACK IN CAPE CORAL?
By Dave Culbreth
CAPE CORAL – (FOX4)
A Cape Coral family is wondering why their son's SUV was smashed while he was at a party and if it was racially motivated. Demetrius Williams, 19, a college student says he simply went to a bon fire in the North Cape when after a series of events his parents are now having to buy a new vehicle.
He says this is all through no fault of his own.
"Outraged!" is what his father, Kenneth Williams is calling the whole scenario. Demetrius Williams was at a bonfire down Janis Road on March 29 when he got it stuck in the sand. He left to get a rope when some friends called. "I get a phone call from one of my friends saying they think people are smashing my car. You know, I thought they were joking and we get there and see the two by four by my car. The back window is smashed, the front window is smashed, the sides are kicked in, someone actually got on top of my car and tried to smash the sun roof."
He and his friends got a partial license plate of the people they think did this. "They were driving a white truck. We're like yelling at them saying why did you smash our car? And some of my other friends are black too. And they're like oh you guys are a bunch of (n-word) and we got really mad and so then they drove off."
Demetrius filed a report with the Lee County Sheriff's Office saying he was targeted. While the case is being investigated, it's not classified as a hate crime. Florida law says hate crimes have to be reported to the attorney general. From 2007 to 2011, hate crimes in Lee County are few and far between. Forty three were reported from 2002 to 2011. For it to be classified as a hate crime there has to be three elements:
- Evidence of hate
- A motive for the hate
- And a law enforcement agency has to declare it a hate crime.
In this case, since it was out in the woods, with no witnesses, only time will tell what turns up.
In case you're wondering insurance paid the Williams family $8,000 for the 2003 SUV. If you know anything about this incident you are encouraged to call Crimestoppers.
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