NC teenagers charged in reported hate crime

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ANSON COUNTY, N.C. — Police said four North Carolina teenagers were charged in a hate crime involving a burning cross on a home’s front yard.

WBTV reported that the Lilesville police and Anson County deputies responded to the burning Saturday on Camden Street in Anson County.

Police said the incident was racially motivated and the suspects are all white.

Police said Ethan Boyette, 19, and William Shepard, 18, were placed in Anson County Jail under bond.

Authorities said Boyette was charged with ethnic intimidation, injuring property, trespassing and resisting a public officer and Shepard faces charges of trespassing and injuring property.

A 16-year-old girl was also reportedly charged with accessory after the fact of committing a felony and has since been released to the custody of her parents.

Authorities said they are still searching for 18-year-old Brent Benson for trespassing and injuring property.

Source: WBTV

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