Fake 'Hate Crime' Report at Beloit College Leads to Arrest

Police say man vandalized dorm with hate symbols as means to get attention

BELOIT - Beloit Police say they have solved a report of a 'hate crime' on campus, which they now say was fraudulent.

Twenty-year-old Michael Kee was arrested and charged with Obstructing, Disorderly Conduct, and Criminal Damage, for allegedly spray painting an anti-Muslim threat and symbol on his door and a wall near his dorm.  Police say he then reported it as a threat against his religion and ethnicity.

Police say his motive was a reaction to anti-Semitic message reportedly slid under the door of a Jewish student on campus, saying Kee had "observed how the Beloit College community had come together after the first reported incident and wanted similar attention."

Police add that the false report by Kee may only serve to de-legitimize actual victims of bias crimes.

The anti-Semitic note remains under investigation, and Anyone with any information on this matter to submit a tip to the Greater Beloit Area Crime Stoppers at www.P3tips.com or call (608) 362-7463.

 


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