Rockfield Family Victim of Hate Crime

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

"I'm a little scared. My wife and my brother and law and his wife they are scared. They don't want to stay here," said Nelson Espinoza.

Espinoza has only lived in this house on Murphy Road for two months. But now he and his family are sleeping at his brother's house because this weekend someone burned a cross in his front yard and left a message for him.

"They don't want me here. They say I can live in the United States but I can't live in their neighborhood. I can't be a neighbor here," said Espinoza.

Espinoza is from El Salvador. He has lived in the U.S. for five years. The cross and the signs are not the only reason they are scared to stay in their home. Friday his house was broken into. They also kicked in his door and stole money he was saving to buy a new car.

"And also all of our patrol units and state police patrol units have been advised and they have extra patrol and watch for any suspicious activity in the neighborhood," said Daniel Alexander, with the Warren County Sheriff's Department.

The Sheriff's Department says they consider any crime against someone because of their religion, race, or nationality a hate crime. They tell WKBO the last hate related crime they worked was six years ago.

"That something like this would happen here in Warren County because it is a quiet community and a small town community and it's just surprising something like that would happen," said Alexander.

Espinoza says he has never been treated like this before and just because he is Latino doesn't mean he should be judged differently. He says he just wants to feel safe in his own house.

If you have any information about this incident please contact the Warren County Sheriff's Department at 842-1633 or Crime Stoppers at 781-CLUE.

To view the Warren County Sheriff's Hate Crime Report for this incident click here.


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