WI man charged in hate crime killing said he targeted victim because he was white

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 11th, 2020 1:59 pm
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Last Updated Jul 13th, 2020 at 1:57 am

A Wisconsin man charged in a vehicular homicide hate crime said he targeted his victim because he was white, a local county sheriff's office reported Thursday.

On July 3, Daniel Navarro, 27, intentionally swerved his pickup truck into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. The victim, Phillip A. Thiessen, 55, was found dead on the road while Navarro was unharmed.

Navarro told Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt that he purposefully hit a Harley-Davidson rider because he believes they are "white racists."

"Navarro told detectives that he believed the person driving the motorcycle was white because in Wisconsin, white people drive Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and the Harley culture was made up of white racists," Waldschmidt said. "Navarro said he intentionally swerved into the path of the oncoming motorcycle with the intent to kill that operator, and that he chose a motorcycle instead of a car because he wanted the driver to die and not just be injured or paralyzed."

Navarro also said that "people are going to have to die" as long as "President Trump and white people are going to create the world we are living in."

Navarro is being held on a $1 million bond on charges of first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, and first degree recklessly endangering safety.


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