Suspect in ‘hate crime’ case set for May trial

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published February 23, 2021

 Michael John Frederick Jr.

Michael John Frederick Jr.

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WARREN — A Warren man accused of targeting a Black family in a series of alleged hate crimes last fall will head to trial on May 26.

The date has been set before Judge Diane Druzinski in Macomb County Circuit Court, where Michael John Frederick Jr., 24, faces ethnic intimidation, felony malicious destruction of property and weapons charges related to three incidents over a four-night span in September.

Frederick is accused of shooting at vehicles parked at the home of Eddie and Candace Hall in a neighborhood near 11 Mile and Hoover roads on Sept. 7. The family is Black and had a “Black Lives Matter” sign in their front window. Two days later, he allegedly threw a brick through their window, slashed tires and left graffiti, including a swastika and the words “Black Lives Matter” and “Not Welcome” on their vehicles. Police alleged he returned on Sept. 10 and fired a shot through the window of the home with a 9 mm handgun.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said the alleged actions had “all the elements of a hate crime.” He later said Frederick confessed to the crimes at the Hall residence, and to damage at another home in the neighborhood where political signs were displayed.  

Frederick also faces a felony MDOP charge related to that incident. His attorney, Paul Stockyj, said the property owner in that case is white.

Stockyj declined to further discuss the specifics of either case but confirmed that a Walker hearing had been scheduled where the defense could challenge the admissibility of any statements Frederick may have made to the police during the investigation or in court at his arraignment.

When he was arraigned by 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.”

He has been jailed since his arraignment with bail set at $200,000. Under Michigan law, shooting in or at a building is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Ethnic intimidation is a two-year felony with a fine of up to $5,000.  

Frederick’s father, Michael John Frederick Sr., has been charged as an alleged accessory after the fact. Warren police said he threw the gun his son used at the Hall family home into the Clinton River near North River Road and the Interstate 94 overpass. Macomb County Sheriff’s Office divers, working with Warren detectives, reportedly located part of a disassembled weapon in the river in October.

Attorney Jeffrey Cojocar, representing Michael John Frederick Sr., could not be reached for comment by press time.

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