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Illinois man who threatened to kill people over rainbow display charged with hate crime

Charles Patton allegedly threatened to slit the throats of the people

2019-06-10

Words: Steve Brown

A man who threatened to kill people who displayed rainbow colours has been charged with a hate crime.

Charles Patton, from Illinois, became outraged after seeing portions of a home painted in rainbow colours to show support for one resident’s daughter who is a lesbian.

The 33-year-old – who was identified through CCTV – was shown punching porch spindles as well as kicking two doors and going inside, reported KSDK-TV.

He allegedly screamed homophobic slurs and threatened to slit the throats of the residents.

Police said he caused around $750 in damages to the home and was charged with first-degree property damage with motivation by discrimination, one count of trespassing with motivation by discrimination and burglary.