Thursday, December 01, 2016

Another Trump supporter victimized by hate crime in Montgomery County (Photos)

Vandals have attacked another home of a supporter of President-Elect Donald Trump in Montgomery County. This time, a family of Trump supporters in Burtonsville was targeted.

Montgomery County police officers responded to a home in the 3000 block of Spencerville Road in Burtonsville yesterday morning, November 30, around 6:25 AM. They found that swastikas, and the words, "Trump" and "racist," had been spray-painted on all 3 cars in the home's driveway.

Police say the victims were known publicly to be Trump supporters, and believe that was the motivation for the attack. They are now investigating the incident as a "bias-based" crime of vandalism.

Anyone with information about this vandalism is asked to contact the 3rd District Investigative Section at 240-773-6870.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s).  Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Photos: Montgomery County Police Department

76 comments:

Anonymous said...

whiny bunch of libtards! no respect for one's freedoms...

Anonymous said...

Conservative nuts do stuff like this on a daily basis, but Trump lover Dyer chooses to cherry pick the rare incidents when a Repub is the victim.

Anonymous said...

@6:45

"no respect for one's freedoms"

You mean like the respect conservatives have shown to Colin Kaepernick? Or the respect Donald Trump has shown to flag burners?

Anonymous said...

Based on the information that Dyer has provided, this, and the other incident that Dyer reported last week, are not "hate crimes", but rather vandalism.

The FBI says: "A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, the FBI has defined a hate crime as a 'criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.'"

Anonymous said...

Burtonsville is not "Bethesda", Birdbrain!

Robert Dyer said...

7:27: This is a hate crime under that definition. Political beliefs are the same as religious beliefs. In fact, Chief Manger referred to the post-election vandalism incidents as "hate crimes."

7:14: Wrong. The only people who have committed violence and attacked residential properties in Montgomery County are ANTI-TRUMP forces. So much for the "Montgomery way.'

Anonymous said...

Did Dyer ever report when that church's Black Lives Matter was vandalized repeatedly? I do not see it anywhere.

Robert Dyer said...

7:36: Hate crimes are a countywide issue. But while you're at it, you might want to inform Bethesda Magazine that Comet Ping Pong is in Washington, DC, "not Bethesda!'

Interesting you didn't attack them on that. Hmmm....

Robert Dyer said...

7:39: Did you pick up Hans Riemer's dry cleaning yet? All the diversion in the world doesn't change the hypocrisy of the County Council on this issue, and their attempts to stoke fear, hate and violence after the election. And then it happened. What a surprise. We deserve leaders who will unite the community, not try to divide us.

Anonymous said...

Google News with all the stories about Black Lives Matter sign.

Anonymous said...

Hate crimes. All of them.
Victims are victims. No matter what side of the fence you're on. No Labels.


nolabels.org

Anonymous said...

All crimes are crimes.

Not all crimes are hate crimes.

Anonymous said...

"This is a hate crime under that definition. Political beliefs are the same as religious beliefs."

No, they are not, and you have no basis for making that claim.

If the FBI had intended to include "political beliefs", they would have done so explicitly in their definition of "hate crime".

Anonymous said...

That guy probably attended the rally at Maggiano's last month. If the shoe fits...

Robert Dyer said...

7:54: The glossy mag didn't report that a Trump supporter was the victim in this case - that's a total cover-up. Somebody has to report the news, and fortunately people can turn here for what Paul Harvey called "the rest of the story."

Robert Dyer said...

8:13: Chief Manger has jurisdiction in this case, not the FBI (although we desperately need an FBI investigation of the County Council and Planning Department). And I am correct - in a non-theocracy, political views indeed are equal to religious views. Period.

Anonymous said...

Hey liberals, don't go away mad, just go away

Anonymous said...

Haters, don't go away mad, just go away.

Anonymous said...

I love Trump! I am a union democrat abandoned by my party
He is nor even president and he saved 10000 jobs in carrier
My god the DNC didn't even try to save jobs from Mexico
Only rich liberals ignore this

Anonymous said...

It's a hate crime by spoiled baby sore losers
Wawaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Trump will make America great again
The crime pouring into this country from Mexican ms13 gangs and Muslim extremists will impact this country for 20 years
Bethesda is dangerous bc of ms13
Liberals in rich homes don't care about working man and the crime

Anonymous said...

The Democrat party used to be for the working Union Americans
Now it's party of whining liberal extremists who burn the American flag

Anonymous said...

Colin kaepernick deserves no respect
Watch the show on gay Cuba on HBO
Thousands imprisoned if alleged to be gay forced to sit outside in son burn their irises
The national tennis champ a female ( at the level of Chris evert) played so much tennis instead of dating men (bc raped by her stepfather traumatized) so they kicked her off team destroyed her
Lives in poverty
Nobody has teeth in the show over the age of 40
Cuba is communist cesspool and stupid Colin rich spoiled nfl player

Anonymous said...

With your son part of the problem, are you really ranting about crime?

Anonymous said...

Sorry your son burnt his irises, and that championship tennis player was kicked off the team for playing too much tennis.

Anonymous said...

@ 5:58 - Because Republicans just love uniions, right? Birdbrain.

Anonymous said...

Interesting how this blog both assumed that liberals were responsible for this crime and theorized that the NPI incident at Maggianos was somehow also a liberal ruse. Is this really the "unbiased objective" reporting that Trump supporters seek?

Anonymous said...

And which Dyer professes to provide?

Anonymous said...

"The Montgomery Way"

Robert Dyer said...

It was a hate crime perpetrated by one or more anti-Trump people. Deal with it. The other website whitewashed the whole story, making it their 3rd "fake news" article in a week, if you count their bizarre rant about Comet Ping Pong. Where'd THAT come from, anyway. The restaurant isn't even in Bethesda!

Anonymous said...

I am sure Dyer will report on all hate crimes in the area equally to provide all sides of the issues.

Anonymous said...

Dyer @ 9:52 - Here is the text of their report. How is it "whitewashed" or "fake"?

"Swastikas spray-painted on cars in Burtonsville"

"Police were called out to the 3000 block of Spencerville Road in Burtonsville around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after a homeowner awoke to find several swastikas and other derogatory words spray-painted on three of the family’s cars that were parked in the driveway. Police said the vandalism may have been related to the homeowner’s political affiliation. [Montgomery County police]"

Robert Dyer said...

12:25: They didn't mention WHAT the victims' political affiliation was, and that the graffiti was anti-Trump!

That is a total whitewash, and is designed to give readers the impression that it was against a Democrat, BLM, etc. Fake news, just like the headline claiming a Muslim had been threatened by a Trump supporter. In the article, it's clear the "letter" was a fake PHOTO taken from the internet. The reporter neither grilled the delegate Jake Tapper-style about what her role in the hoax was (who was the "victim"?, was there even a real person who sent her the fake photo? ), and why did she remove the post from her Facebook account with no public apology or explanation once she realized she could take her fake hate crime no further?

Anonymous said...

The crime against the Burtonsville Trump supporters is inexcusable and reprehensible, as is the vandalism relating to Black Lives Matter signage in Silver Spring on election night. Both of these episodes are sickening and should command zero tolerance.

1. Dyer should cover vandalism targeting BLM supporters and liberal causes, *and* vandalism targeting Trump supporters and conservative causes.

2. The hair splitting over whether or not the Burtonsville anti-Trump incident is a hate crime is itself dismaying. This episode should be roundly condemned whether or not it meets the federal definition of a hate crime.

Anonymous said...

In a few days, we will see video footage from a neighbor's security camera showing the owner of the cars painting the swastika and "Trump" just before he drove down to Maggiano's to attend the NPI neo-Nazi rally there.

Robert Dyer said...

9:11: No, it was not the text of the police report. There had been many news reports about it, including mine, by the time they posted their half-hearted fake news version.

8:14: No, but you may see video of actual events that really happened over the last week in Montgomery County: like a District 15 Democratic state delegate filing a false police report of a fake hate crime to falsely smear Trump supporters, and one of your District 16 Democratic delegates calling your African-American lt. gov. "ridiculous." Was he at Maggiano's, too? Sounds like he could've gotten in.

Anonymous said...

"The lieutenant governor had just given a speech Thursday to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, where several attendees said Rutherford condemned a recent increase in hate speech but also said he didn't know what was causing it. That remark set off uncomfortable laughter in the audience."

Robert Dyer said...

5:24: And what, in your estimation, is causing it?

Anonymous said...

Calling Rutherford's statement "ridiculous" is the equivalent of burning a cross on his lawn, saith Dyer.

Anonymous said...

Dyer is lying about the police report. The text of the news article was exactly the same as in the police report:

"Police said the vandalism may have been related to the homeowner's political orientation."

http://www.mymcpnews.com/2016/11/30/detectives-investigate-possible-biased-based-vandalism-in-burtonsville/

Anonymous said...

The graffiti says "Trump". How is that "anti-Trump"?

Anonymous said...

Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal: “I think there was rhetoric during the recent campaign that emboldened people with extreme views. After Donald Trump’s victory, there were people who felt they could act on that hatred. I think we’ve always known that elements of hatred exist, but there is a sense now that hatred is somehow more legitimate by the statements that have been made.”

Anonymous said...

As usual, you never responded to my original post regarding your unequal treatment of the Maggianos and Burtonsville stories or answered my question:

My original Post: "Interesting how this blog both assumed that liberals were responsible for this crime and theorized that the NPI incident at Maggianos was somehow also a liberal ruse. Is this really the "unbiased objective" reporting that Trump supporters seek?"

Unless, maybe this was the best response you could come up with: "It was a hate crime perpetrated by one or more anti-Trump people. Deal with it."

I can deal with it. I just thought maybe you'd reflect on your treatment of the two incidents and formulate a more reasoned response. But I guess that just makes me one of them damned Elitists! I expect more.

Robert Dyer said...

2:47: Isn't it the job of the journalist to investigate a story like this for more details? The other Bethesda news site did not, because an attack on Trump supporters doesn't fit the narrative they and their patrons in the MoCo political cartel are attempting (and failing) to push.

Robert Dyer said...

5:41: Uh, because it also says "racist" and the victims were known to be Trump supporters?

Robert Dyer said...

6:23: And at what point in the campaign did Trump use a swastika, or express any of the specific statements made in the graffiti found at the schools and church after the election?

What are the "statements that have been made" by Trump?

Robert Dyer said...

6:25: "Unequal treatment?" I never wrote a story about Maggiano's - the restaurant is in Washington, not Montgomery County.

G. Money said...

Ha! Maggiano's is much closer than Burtonsville to Bethesda.

Statements made by Trump include his opening remarks about Mexican immigrants, his calls for a ban on Muslims entering the country, his repeatedly expressed desires to physically assault protesters, his statement that black suspects in a crime investigation who were exonerated by DNA evidence should nonetheless be imprisoned or executed, his making fun of a disabled person, etc.

Robert Dyer said...

5:21: Burtonsville is in Montgomery County, and the Council has made their post-election fearmongering a countywide issue.

Trump was pretty clearly referring to a percentage of illegal immigrants, not Mexican immigrants in general. There is no Muslim ban, just extreme vetting. The protesters were the violent ones, including gang-style assaults on lone women, and it was ultimately revealed that they were paid thugs directed by two arms of the Clinton campaign and DNC. Trump's comments on the Central Park incident were made long before the election year - if you could blame hate crimes on that, they would have happened long ago. He made fun of the reporter because he falsely claimed he couldn't remember - well deserved, because the guy wrote about Muslims celebrating the fall of the twin towers. He can't now claim it was false - do you mean he wrote that with no evidence to back it up? Or was he just backtracking because his article gave credibility to Trump's claim about some Muslims tailgating to celebrate?

None of these examples directly relate to anything that was written by the vandals - nothing racial or anti-Semitic, so I'm still seeking the "statements that have been made" by Trump which we can pinpoint as the cause for hate crimes in MoCo.

G. Money said...

5:21: All of your excuses for Trump's behavior have been thoroughly debunked. I'd post links but I know you'll delete them, so I encourage anyone who is unsure to Google it. As for the date re: the Central Park Five, yes that was before the election, as was his leadership of the "birthers," but his success in the election has given a patina of legitimacy to those sorts of nonsensical and racist claims, thereby encouraging others to act out on their racist tendencies.

Good luck building a readership, much less running for office, as an unapologetic Trump supporter in Montgomery County. You might as well start spray-painting swastikas around Bethesda.

Robert Dyer said...

7:05: I'm just stating the facts, which is that Trump has never made an anti-Semitic remark (his own daughter and son-in-law are Jewish, as are many of his employees), nor has he advocated hate or violence toward anyone.

So Montgomery County is just for Democrats only, Republicans get out? That sounds discriminatory to me. Is that the "Montgomery way?" Anyone who has a different opinion about issues than you isn't allowed to be here or run for office? The Constitution says otherwise.

What does supporting bringing jobs back to America from overseas have to do with symbols of hate? Sounds like crazy talk to me.

Anonymous said...

The most telling thing is Corey Lewandowski saying the big problem was the media took Trump too literally.
Both sides did.

Anonymous said...

Dyer won't report on the white supremacist rally in Maggiano's, saying "it wasn't in MoCo", but reports twice about a scary black man seen on the same block during the same week.

http://robertdyer.blogspot.com/2016/11/burglary-on-wisconsin-ave-violent-crime.html?m=1

Anonymous said...

I'd take Dyer's comment about "jobs" more seriously, if he actually had one, let alone ever created one.

Robert Dyer said...

8:42: Maggiano's is not a threat to folks living in the Village of Friendship Heights. An armed man who assaulted a woman and tried to snatch her purse near Mazza Gallerie, who is still on the loose, is - duh! - a potential threat to residents of the village who use the same shops and restaurants as those on the DC side. How dense can you be?

Everything is race, victimhood, racism to you. That's one of many reasons Trump won. Not only are people sick and tired of the divisive language, but white voters adopted the same sense of identity politics and belief they'd been wronged that Democrats have fomented amongst other racial groups since the 1960s. The chickens have truly come home to roost.

I've been following Trump's career since the 80s. The guy doesn't have a racist or hateful bone in his body. He desegregated his golf course in Florida when he bought it, and he's helped a lot of people over the years that hasn't been covered by the press.

Robert Dyer said...

8:55: Wrong. I've had several jobs, and have also created quite a few jobs in my music career. I've hired, paid and fired employees. And I've managed projects with budgets of several thousand dollars, and - unlike your loser bosses on the County Council - have stayed within the budgets, and delivered the finished product on time. Compare that to the County budget deficit ongoing, the Silver Spring Transit Center, the Purple Line, and the Council's NET LOSS record of private sector job creation since the year 2000. Utter humiliation, and it's clear why I would be a far more effective leader than those clowns. Baba Booey.

Anonymous said...

"Everything is race, victimhood, racism to you. That's one of many reasons Trump won. Not only are people sick and tired of the divisive language, but white voters adopted the same sense of identity politics and belief they'd been wronged that Democrats have fomented amongst other racial groups since the 1960s."

Yeah, that pesky Civil Rights Act really made white people feel bad about themselves.

#CheckYourWhitePriviledge

#ArgleBargle

Anonymous said...

Imagine the reaction if Obama had taken a victory tour.

Actually, the people were sick and tired of Inaction. Trump may not be racist, I'll give you that. But his "rallying" language has emboldened divisiveness.

Robert Dyer said...

11:45: I don't find any evidence of "white privilege" in Appalachia or the boarded up industrial towns of Pennsylvania.

Anonymous said...

"Maggiano's is not a threat to people living in Friendship Heights..."

No one said Maggiano's was a threat, Birdbrain. This is the lamest of your straw men yet. The threat was from the people who attended the neo-Nazi rally held there.

Robert Dyer said...

9:12: There was not a rally, it was a dinner. My guess is that most attendees were from out of town. They left town, and threatened no one with violence. How is that a threat to Friendship Heights, MD residents, and an armed robber who assaults women in Friendship Heights is not, idiot?

You sound like a raving lunatic.

Anonymous said...

5:58 AM: Wow way to whitewash a literal neo nazi rally. You don't think that rhetoric is inherently dangerous. This time they run out to the streets and smash shopkeepers windows but by brushing it off as a dinner does a disservice to those that they threaten in our community. They have protected speech but they should be denounced at every opportunity. Shame on you.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile Dyer isn't reporting on the white guy who invaded Comet Ping-Pong and menaced staff and customers, because he had been brainwashed by fake right-wing news. This happened just a few blocks from the scary-black-man incidents, also not in MoCo, that Dyer did report.

Anonymous said...

7:25 You're not suggest Dyer is biased or intellectually dishonest, are you?

Robert Dyer said...

7:16: I think anybody dumb enough to make a Nazi salute in 2016 and think they'll be taken seriously can't be taken seriously. They did not break any windows - I think you've lost touch with reality. The same people who back Klansman Robert Byrd, terrorist and mass murderer Fidel Castro, and terrorist Bill Ayres - and then keep asking people to denounce nutty but non-violent "alt-right" groups 1000 times a day certainly provide some much-needed comic relief.

Robert Dyer said...

7:25: Uh, Comet Ping Pong is in DC, dude - not Montgomery County. Meanwhile, armed purse snatcher has reason to work both sides of DC line, and is actually a danger to women on our side.

I wish you hadn't brought this topic up, because now I have to ask, does anyone know what the connection is between Comet Ping Pong and Bethesda Magazine, as to why they wrote an extremely long "Morning Note" in defense of the restaurant? IT'S NOT IN BETHESDA. Enquiring minds want to know. Weird.

Anonymous said...

Jeez they are non-violent neo nazis. Nothing to see here. Only violent neo nazis are problems for society.

Robert Dyer said...

9:43: There is this pesky thing called the 1st Amendment, you know - which allows them to assemble and speak, even if you or I don't like the content of that speech.

Anonymous said...

Prince of Petworth covered the Comet Ping-Pong incident, even though Petworth is much farther from there than Bethesda.

Anonymous said...

"Bethesda Magazine...wrote an extremely long 'Morning Note' in defense of [Comet Ping Pong]"

Actually a one-paragraph summary of their problem with the fake news, second "note" of five that morning.

But good to know that you are a faithful reader of Bethesda Magazine.

Anonymous said...

"Meanwhile Dyer isn't reporting on the white guy who invaded Comet Ping-Pong and menaced staff and customers..."

...with an assault rifle, shutting down Connecticut Avenue for several hours.

But Dyer is more worried about a black man grabbing his purse.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:09 pm: Dyer follows Bethesda Magazine even more obsessively than Donald Trump follows Alec Baldwin playing him on SNL.

Anonymous said...

Dyer - I have read your comment several times, to be sure I understood you correctly.

Are you suggesting that it is somehow improper to "defend" Comet Ping Pong against the right-wing calumny that has been propagated against it?

This would suggest that you believe, and might even be involved in propagating, this calumny.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Dyer: So, let me get this straight, your position is that: An armed robber who stole a purse in DC is a threat to women in Montgomery County, but we don't need to worry about the whacko nut job who took an assault weapon into a neighborhood pizzeria AND FIRED IT? And is this position based on the pizzeria being all of two miles from the Montgomery County border or because the owner just happens to be a Democrat? Maybe we should just build a wall to keep the gunman out?

Robert Dyer said...

7:58: Wrong. What I asked was, why would Bethesda Magazine be printing a passionate defense of the restaurant and its owner when both are located in DC, not Montgomery County, and certainly not Bethesda. It gets the spider sense tingling.

3:09: Wrong. It may have been improperly jammed into one paragraph, but it was much longer than a standard paragraph, and much longer than the typical "morning note." Why were they writing about it at all? Is there a personal or financial interest by the publication or reporter? It's out of their coverage area. Weird.

8:52: You're just making stuff up at this point. THE RESTAURANT IS IN DC, NOT BETHESDA - what about that concept do you not understand? An armed purse snatcher roaming around on the other side of the street from Maryland is indeed a threat to Friendship Heights residents. They are not threatened by a gunman at a DC restaurant unless they go to that restaurant. Wake up.

Anonymous said...

95 words. Do you really think that's unusually long? Your comment was 120 words.

And why do you keep sayin "passionate"?

Anonymous said...

I would guess they are writing about it because it is a HUGE story and most all media is reporting it.

Don't you think this is a national concern?

Facts:
A man drives hundreds of miles from home, armed, because of a fake news story that a child sex trafficking ring, run by A+-list politicos, was operating out of a restaurant?

As a woman, that worries me infinitely more than a guy grabbing my purse.