Evidence found, probe ongoing in Warren ‘hate crime’ case

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 16, 2020

 Police alleged Michael Frederick returned to the home on the night of Sept. 10 and fired a shot through the window with a 9 mm handgun.

Police alleged Michael Frederick returned to the home on the night of Sept. 10 and fired a shot through the window with a 9 mm handgun.

File photo by Brian Louwers

 Michael Frederick

Michael Frederick

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WARREN — Police confirmed that they recovered a weapon allegedly used in a series of “hate crimes” in Warren that targeted a Black family in September, while the investigation reportedly remained ongoing with additional charges possible.   

Michael Frederick, 24, of Warren, was arraigned in the 37th District Court on Oct. 1 on charges of ethnic intimidation, malicious destruction of property and felony weapons charges following an investigation into a series of three incidents over four nights at the home of Eddie and Candace Hall, near 11 Mile and Hoover roads.

The Halls, who are Black, had a “Black Lives Matter” sign in their front window. Vehicles at the address were damaged by gunfire on Sept. 7. Two days later, a brick was thrown through the window, tires were slashed and vehicles were left with graffiti, including a swastika and the words “Black Lives Matter” and “Not Welcome.” Police alleged Frederick returned to the home on the night of Sept. 10 and fired a shot through the window with a 9 mm handgun.

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer told reporters that Frederick confessed to all of the crimes, as well as another incident of graffiti at a nearby home where political signs were displayed.

Dwyer said Warren detectives, working with the assistance of divers from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, later recovered evidence in the case from a portion of the Clinton River.  

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham confirmed that divers found part of a disassembled weapon on Oct. 7 and that it was turned over to Warren police. It was found in the Clinton River near North River Road and the Interstate 94 overpass.

“We identified the weapon that was used, and we’ll probably be looking at another person being arrested and more charges against the 24-year-old (Frederick),” Dwyer said on Oct. 9.

Dwyer said Frederick told investigators he used a gun found in the garage of a home in Warren where he lives with his father.

At this arraignment before Judge Michael Chupa, Frederick stated that he was “extremely regretful” about what he did, that he “acted way out of character” and that “this wasn’t about the color of anyone’s skin.”

Frederick’s attorney, Paul Stockyj, could not be reached for comment at press time.

A probable cause conference scheduled for Oct. 13 was adjourned until Oct. 27, according to court records. The charges carry a penalty of up to five years in prison.

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