South Burlington man charged with hate crime

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A South Burlington man is facing hate crime charges after police say he vandalized his Muslim neighbor's home.

Timothy Moore

"Yes, I'm not happy but I still love my neighbors, I still love my communities, I still like him," said Ragab Mohamed of South Burlington.

Mohamed says his gutter, landscaping lights and car are all damaged. And witnesses tell police Timothy Moore, 45, did it.

"It is my home. If you need to break something. Why?" Mohamed said.

Mohamed told police he did have a feud with Moore.

Nicole Gingras is married to Charles Goodspeed. She says Goodspeed told police he heard Moore yelling Muslim slurs.

"At that point, our neighbor actually had grabbed my son's bike and proceeded to drag it with him and it escalated to the point of physical confrontation," Gingras said.

Court documents say Timothy Moore and Charles Goodspeed fought on the ground. Moore was charged with disorderly conduct, unlawful mischief and hate-motivated crimes. But other neighbors told WCAX News it was just a fight that got out of hand.

"There's no hate crime here. I tell you for sure, I swear it," neighbor Richard Grzywna said. "Tim should have been charged with vandalizing, not a hate crime. That's crazy."

Mohamed, who is originally from Egypt and Muslim, doesn't know for sure if this was motivated by hate or not.

"We have to be one united community," he said.

And Gingras says she doesn't know for sure either.

"I don't think that was necessarily the motivation," she said.

Mohamad told police his lights cost him $200; he doesn't know how much it will cost to fix the car yet. Police say the gutter could be around $9 to fix.

"Where is the value of our town, where is the value of our community, where is the value of our human being?" Mohamed asked. "We live in this country, it doesn't matter the religion. It doesn't matter for the nationality. We are brother and sister."