Police investigating racially motivated vandalism in Manhattan

UPDATE: November 6, 2017

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – The Riley County Police Department reports that the owner of the car that was vandalized with hateful, racist messages last week in Manhattan was responsible for graffiti, but will not face charges.

On November 1, officers were sent to the 2200 block of Claflin Road regarding a parked vehicle in an area apartment complex that had been defaced with racist graffiti and a threat.

During the investigation, the owner of the vehicle, Dauntarius Williams, 21, of Manhattan, admitted to investigators that he was responsible for the graffiti.

Despite having filed a false report, RCPD said the filing of criminal charges against Williams for having done so would not be in the best interest of the citizens who comprise the Manhattan community.

RCPD said Williams was genuinely remorseful and expressed sincere regret that his actions had resulted in the negative media attention that resulted.

“I would like to deeply apologize to the community. The whole situation got out of hand when it shouldn’t have even started. It was just a Halloween prank that got out of hand. I wish I could go back to that night but I can’t. I just want to apologize from the bottom of my heart for the pain and news I have brought you all,” Williams said.

RCPD said they recognize the difficulties this case created in the community and the emotions that matters of this nature bring to the surface.

“While the community response to the incident was warranted based on the information available at the time, the facts are now different than previously reported. We want to encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on this new information. We hope the community will remain vigilant, engaged and concerned for the safety and wellbeing of our fellow citizens.”

The FBI took over the investigation, with help from RCPD.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – The Riley County Police Department is investigating after a vehicle was vandalized with graffiti Wednesday morning.

RCPD said they received a report at 7:25 a.m. that a vehicle had been defaced with graffiti containing racial slurs and a threat in the 2200 block of Claflin Road in Manhattan. Police believe the crime happened sometime between 1:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.

RCPD tells KSNT News officers immediately began investigating and are in the process of filing a criminal report.

KSNT News is not releasing the name of the victim, as per his request.

Police are asking anyone with information on this crime to contact RCPD at 785-537-2112 or Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777.

RCPD announced on Thursday that the FBI will be taking over as the lead agency on the case. 

KSNT News will continue to update this story as new details become available.


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