Costs: Accused Stalker Purposely Crashed Stolen SUV Into Household’s Dwelling In Alleged Racist Assault
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota couple says they know why a stranger focused their household, however that doesn’t make it any simpler.
A suspected stalker used a stolen SUV to hit their home in Chilly Spring final weekend. Andrea and Phillipe Robinson’s Ring digital camera captured the automobile driving onto their entrance porch. It severely broken the facet of the house.
“I’m nonetheless in shock,” Andrea stated. “I can’t imagine this. Each day I simply come out right here and assume it’s a nasty dream.”
Benton Beyer has been charged within the assault. Police say he stole the automobile and ditched it in entrance of the Robinsons’ home after putting a big piece of granite on the accelerator. Hanging inside was a teddy bear in a noose.
The Robinsons are an interracial couple; Andrea is white and Phillipe is Black.
“How do I speculated to really feel protected?” Phillipe stated. “My spouse, my kids don’t need to keep right here, and I perceive.”
Beyer isn’t any stranger to the Robinsons. Andrea has a restraining order towards him, and police have fielded 18 calls prior to now two months about Beyer stalking and harassing her.
“He’s ramped it up,” Phillipe stated. “He went from busting out home windows to capturing at cameras, to realizing our schedule nicely sufficient that he would comply with my spouse at grocery shops.”
They are saying the scary habits began after they posted a video about racism of their kids’s faculty, and put a Black Lives Matter signal of their yard. Andrea says the signal turned a goal.
The police say if there’s proof of a racially-motivated crime, they are going to search prosecution to the fullest extent of the legislation. However the Robinsons have little religion, saying officers shortly gave up chasing Beyer after the crash.
“We have been left right here with our neighbors with no police safety with a person that primarily tried to kill our household,” Andrea stated.
Police say they ended the search as a result of the sphere he was in was moist and tough to navigate. Phillipe says Beyer was solely caught later because of a neighbor turning him in.
Beyer made his first courtroom look Tuesday after being charged with auto theft, stalking and property injury. All three are felony fees.
A web based fund has raised greater than $15,000 to assist the Robinsons restore their dwelling and pay for any authorized charges.