Hate crime charged in vandalism of dentist’s vehicle in New Smyrna Beach
A 33-year-old man is charged with a hate crime after police say he scrawled slurs against Asians on two vehicles belonging to his dentist’s family in New Smyrna Beach, according to a charging affidavit.
Kyle K. Christiansen of Daytona Beach, was charged with felony vandalism (over $1,000 in damages), which is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The hate crime enhancement typically increases the charge by one level, so a third-degree felony would be bumped up to a second-degree felony, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
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The racist Asian slurs were painted in orange on July 29 on the side of a black pickup truck belonging to a male family member at the home on King Palm Drive in The Palms section of Venetian Bay, according to a police report.
Someone also scrawled an Asian slur on the man’s sister-in-law’s gray Honda sedan parked outside the house, the report said.
Besides the slur, the words “rat” and “retard” were also painted.
The family members’ names were redacted from the police report.
Each vehicle sustained $2,000 in damage, the report said.
The male victim’s wife told police that on July 24 she had received a Facebook message from an account with the name “Pine Cone” which had a profile picture of a squirrel. The Facebook message contained Asian slurs targeting her and her and her husband, and said that they needed to die by rat poison, the charging affidavit said.
Investigators traced the Facebook account to Christiansen, the affidavit said. The victim’s wife said that Christiansen was a patient of hers at her dental practice, the affidavit said.
She said Christiansen had been in for a cleaning the day before she received the Facebook message from Pine Cone, the affidavit said.
She said Christiansen had been extremely rude to her dental assistant who broke down in tears, and that he was rude to her as well, the affidavit said.
New Smyrna Beach Police also found security video that showed a car registered to a relative of Christiansen driving by the family’s home around the time that the vandalism occurred, the affidavit said.
This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Hate crime charged in vandalism of dentist’s vehicle in New Smyrna Beach