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Texas Man Charged with Hate Crime After Terrorizing Black Family with Dolls Hung on Nooses

Glenn Halfin

Officials at the apartment complex’s leasing office said Glenn Halfin has a history of making “racially insensitive comments.”(Image courtesy of Grapevine Police)

A Texas man is facing federal hate crime charges after authorities say he placed a noose around the neck of a baby doll and hung it near a Black family’s apartment.

Glenn Eugene Halfin was charged with interference with housing on Friday stemming from a December 2017 incident where he repeatedly threatened and harassed a Black family of three because of their race, according to court documents obtained by the Star-Telegram. Halfin, 64, lived in the same apartment building as his victims at the time.

The Grapevine man, who officials at the leasing office said has a history of making “racially insensitive remarks,” was arrested in December 2017 on a state charge of stalking linked to a series of incidents against the family between Oct. 4, 2017 and Dec. 19, 2017. A hate crime enhancement was also added.

The federal charge came just months after Halfin’s arrest, according to the newspaper. He was later released on $10,000 bond.

Prior to October 2017, the victims told police they suffered through a number of criminal mischief incidents, including eggs and feces thrown at their cars, a noose thrown on their balcony and two incidents where dolls were left with nooses hung around their necks.┬áThe victim initially didn’t report the abuse, however.

In one incident, the victim’s common-law wife found the children’s toy underneath her car with rope around its neck. Another doll was found hanging from the couple’s balcony a month later.

“The victim explained he interpreted the placement of the doll and the appearance of the doll as a clear threat to his infant daughter,” Detective Joseph Moeller wrote in a warrant.

Moeller was able to find a doll that was similar to the ones used in the attacks at a nearby Walmart, after which he reviewed several hours of surveillance video from inside the store and identified Halfin as the culprit, according to the Star-Telegram.

Halfin, a former firefighter, has denied any involvement in the crimes.

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