Man charged with hate crime after 3 vehicles damaged with hand saw, spray paint

Man charged with hate crime after 3 vehicles damaged with hand saw, spray paint

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man has been charged with a hate crime after being accused of damaging three vehicles with a hand saw and spray paint, and yelling "You don't belong in this country," to an Hispanic man who was driving home.

Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office were called to the 16000 block of Old Hammond Highway on Sunday morning just before 9 a.m.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the victim told the deputy he was driving through a trailer park to his house when he saw a man, now identified as 52-year-old Niles Clay, in the middle of the street who was swinging a hand saw. The victim said Niles appeared to be intoxicated. As the victim continued to drive, he said Clay would not move out of the street.

Documents say Clay swung the hand saw at the victim's vehicle as he tried to drive around him.

The victim and Clay got into an argument and Clay yelled "You don't belong in this country!" The victim removed himself from the situation and walked inside his residents, according to court documents.

That evening, the victim woke up to a loud noise outside his home. He saw Clay carrying a hand saw and something else. The victim also reported he saw Clay damage his vehicle and two other vehicles outside. He was fearful of the situation escalating, so he did not go outside.

The next morning, the victim saw the three vehicles in front of his house had large scratches, covered in white spray paint and cracked windshields.

When Clay was confronted by deputies about the situation, he admitted he probably yelled "you don't belong in this country," but denied damaging any of the vehicles. He is currently being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $12,500 bond.

Clay was released from jail on March 3, 2015. In that case, he was accused of threatening to shoot an officer "in his head."

On February 3, at about 6:48 p.m., a sheriff's officer contacted on reports of trouble between him and a neighbor. Clay was allegedly aggressive and hostile with the responding officer.

Nearly an hour later, at about 7:44, Clay called East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office communications and allegedly threatened the lives of responding deputies.

According to EBRSO reports, Clay allegedly stated that "If one of those cops come back to my house asking about some dog, I'm gonna try to kill them. I hate yall, I hate the police, I hate Obama, I hate our government."

EBRSO officials say that Niles went on to say "Get a bunch of those [expletive] cops over here cause I want to blow them all up."

When a dispatcher told Clay that a supervisor would contact him, he allegedly replied with "He better call back or I will shoot him in his head."

EBRSO deputies contacted clay at his apartment where he was arrested and charged with public intimidation and harassment charges. He was released on March 3, 2015.

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