Police investigate possible hate crime in Ormond Beach

Police say family received threatening letter, had backyard vandalized

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - Ormond Beach police are investigating a possible hate crime after a West African family received multiple threats since moving into their home weeks ago.

Police said shortly after Innosent Ngwa, his wife and cousin, began renting a house in August, the homeowners association president reported he received a phone call from an unknown man warning that "three goons" had just moved in.

According to police reports, two weeks later, the family arrived home to find notes taped to their front door and garage door that read, "This neighborhood is not for your type. I just got a black dog just for you guys. So you better think."

Ngwa called police, who collected the notes. Less than a week later, someone poured red rubber landscaping mulch into the family's pool, costing the family $100 to clean. The next morning, someone placed a white plastic bag on the family's doorstep containing a rotten hamburger, according to the report.

Now, Ngwa's family is living with friends because they are too afraid to come home. Ngwa and some of his neighbors have their suspicions of who might be responsible, but police said they don't have enough evidence to make an arrest.


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