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Florida man faked kidnaping, KKK hate crime, set girlfriend’s car on fire: Police

December 15, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Florida man faked kidnaping, KKK hate crime, set  girlfriend’s car on fire: Police

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A Florida man, who blamed supporters of President-Elect Donald Trump for a hate crime, admitted to authorities that he made up the incident involving a staged abduction, a racially-charged message, and fire.

Twenty-seven-year-old Vincent Palmer confessed to faking the hate crime story police in Volusia County, Florida that he wrote a note with racial slurs such as “KKK” and “Trump” taped to his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle just before he threw a brick through the rear window, soaking it in gasoline, and igniting it, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

When his ex-girlfriend discovered her vehicle, she contacted the police, and Palmer also went straight to the scene, although officers noted that he was acting suspiciously.

Officers who responded to the incident checked Palmer’s record and discovered that he had an outstanding arrest warrant for neglecting to pay child support. He was arrested and was then released on bail.

The following morning, a family member of Palmer’s contacted Daytona Police after they received a message, that appeared to be written in blood, that stated: “You will never see your grandson again alive,” with the letters “KKK” included in the note.

When authorities began looking for Palmer, they discovered him at a local Burger King, where he admitted to faking the hate hoax. He also admitted to fabricating his own kidnapping, revealing that the blood on the message was his own.

He is currently in custody on arson charges.

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