The Washington Examiner reported Sunday that a 27-year-old man had been charged in an alleged hate crime.
According to the Examiner, Daniel Navarro is now facing charges of “first-degree intentional homicide, a hate crime, and use of a dangerous weapon” after the killing of a motorcyclist on a road in Wisconsin.
Authorities said Navarro ran Phillip Thiessen, a former police officer, off the road because he believed the 55-year-old motorcyclist was white.
Allegations of racism
According to the Examiner, Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt said Navarro complained that he had been the victim of racism.
Waldschmidt said Navarro told police “all the people that caused him these problems in his life are Caucasian or white.”
“Navorro told detectives he believed he had been intentionally poisoned by coworkers and by a neighbor; that people drive by his house and rev their engines and squeal their tires to try to upset him; and that people make racist comments toward him — all because he’s Hispanic,” Waldschmidt added, according to the New York Post.
Navarro also “said that if President Donald Trump and white people are going to create the world we are living in, he has no choice and that people are going to have to die,” the sheriff explained, according to the Examiner.
“He wanted the driver to die”
Waldschmidt told reporters that Navarro specifically chose Thiessen because he was on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which Navarro reportedly said are typically driven by “white racists,” the Examiner reported.
“He chose a motorcycle instead of a car, because he wanted the driver to die, and not just be injured or paralyzed,” the sheriff added, according to the Examiner. The New York Post reported that police “declined to comment on Navorro’s mental or physical health.”
According to the Post, Theissen was remembered in an obituary as “a generous, caring, loyal man that made friends easily anywhere he went, and maintained long-distance friendships for many years.” Prior to working as a cop in Fairfax County, Virginia, he served in the United States Marine Corps.
If convicted, Navarro is facing life in prison for Theissen’s death.
The judge presiding over the case set Navarro’s bail at $1 million, according to the Examiner. He is due back in court on Friday.