Walled Lake Black Family Victims of Hate Crime, Three Charged

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Three people were recently charged with home invasion or aiding and abetting home invasion, and ethnic intimidation after breaking into the home of a Black family in Walled Lake, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office announced last Thursday, the Detroit News reported.

Witnesses state those involved include Branden Odegaard, Michael Graves and Maci Pietryga, who reportedly broke into the residents’ home early Monday then “threatened to kill the occupants, including two children,” investigators said in a statement, according to the article. “One of the defendants allegedly used a racial epithet.”

Once the family called 911, Walled Lake police discovered the suspects nearby, according to a press release.

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office has charged all three people with ethnic intimidation, a felony punishable by the highest penalty of two years in prison and $5,000, according to the article.

“I want to be very clear that I have zero tolerance for hate crimes,” Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said in the article. “Hate has no place here in Oakland County, and I will do everything in my power to hold those who attempt to threaten or harm our residents accountable.”

All three live in Wolverine Lake, McDonald’s office stated in the article.

They remained in the Oakland County Jail on Thursday.

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