The Braselton Police Department — along with federal and state agents — investigated a car fire on Thursday that was initially considered as a possible hate crime.
However, police say the incident isn’t a hate crime and Braselton officers are continuing to investigate the car fire.
Shortly before 2 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, a man in The Falls of Braselton reported that his 1997 Lexus was on fire, according to Braselton police Sgt. Michael Steffman.
Since the family is from Pakistan, police wanted to ensure that the incident wasn’t considered a hate crime. Agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were called to the Loowit Falls Court residence.
“We don’t believe it was a hate crime,” Steffman said.
The family had not received any threats prior to the car fire, he added.
An unknown substance — possibly gas — was poured on the exterior of the car, which was damaged on its front and rear, according to Steffman. Tests are being conducted to determine the substance used to ignite the blaze.
Only the car, which was parked in a driveway, was damaged in the incident. Braselton police have identified a person of interest that they want to speak with about the car fire, Steffman said.
Jumping into large conclusions....
04/06/12 at 05:40 PM
I am sorry but it ssems to be alittle over zealous to immediately jump to this conclusion so quickly. Why didn't we just jump to the conclusion that he burned his own car?? What if someone just doesn't like this guy and hate based on race, etc is not a factor, you can just hate an individual for him, not because of other factors. Could be an insurance scam too. I think Braselton has alot of hidden and exposed problems, but random hate crimes I doubt are high on the list...
I have the same problem, but after 10 years, I have filanly slowed down to a safe speed most of the time. One of my tricks is to wind while someone is watching TV. I have to go slowly enough that they can still hear what they are watching! That yarn is a very pretyy pink!
Hate Crime ? how about investigate it first, then move on to see if it is a hate crime. What if the owner was white, black etc and the perp was a different race, is that a hate crime or only because the owner was Pakistani ? waste of resources
Maximum BPD on TV
04/06/12 at 07:33 PM
Exactly... BPD making federal case (literally) before the facts are investigated. This makes BPD look bad and frankly, they shouldn't even release a statement until the know real facts, but they want Attention, more face time on Camera for the Department...
Further deteriorating the Royal Braselton image though, lately if it's going down, its happening in Braselton..