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17 May 2017
State Police charge four with hate crimes following vandalism investigation in West Chazy
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major John H. Tibbitts Jr.
Troop B Commander
State Police in Chazy have charged four individuals with violating New York's hate crimes law following the discovery of anti-Semitic and racist graffiti in West Chazy.
On May 9, 2017, State Police received a report from Chazy Town Supervisor Mark R. Henry, regarding vandalism to a building located at the West Chazy Recreation Park. Troopers discovered a swastika along with anti-Semitic and racist statements that were written on the building with a permanent marker.
Following a week long investigation that included support from the State Police Hate Crimes Unit created by Governor Cuomo last year, and Clinton County District Attorney Andrew J. Wylie, the State Police charged the following individuals:
· Tyler S. Boule, age 18 of Champlain New York, charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree as a Hate Crime, a Class D Felony;
· Ryan M. Kunath, age 17, of West Chazy, New York, charged with Aggravated Harassment 1st Degree, a Class E Felony, and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree as a Hate Crime, a Class D Felony;
· A 16-year old charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree as a Hate Crime, a Class D Felony;
· A 15-year old juvenile charged with Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree as a Hate Crime, a Class D Felony.
Boule, Kunath and the 16-year old were arraigned in the town of Chazy court and released; the 15-year old juvenile was issued a ticket to appear in Family Court.
New Yorkers who have experienced bias or discrimination are encouraged to call the toll-free hotline at (888) 392-3644 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday or text “HATE” to 81336. Anyone who believes they have been a victim of a crime or are in immediate danger should always dial 911. The state offers a $5,000 reward to information leading to the arrest and conviction of a hate crime.
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