HATE CRIME: Reward Offered For Information
Quennel McCaleb says he was shocked when he learned his RV had been vandalized.
“It had graffiti all over it. Bad slander words,” said McCaleb.
He uses the RV to take his 9 year old son to dirt bike races all over the Midwest.
“We’ll pull it up on a Friday afternoon and load it up with clothes, food, and bikes in the back of the trailer.”
What happened next also caught McCaleb by surprise.
Within hours of the incident, members of the community created a Facebook page called Fort Dodge Pulling Together.
It was designed to help police find whoever is responsible for the racist graffiti and bring them to justice.
“We haven’t had this happen before and it was so upsetting that I think that’s why we have the support we have,” said city attorney, Mark Crimmins.
The page has more than 800 likes in just 24 hours, and the community has used it to raise money for a reward fund to bring leads to Fort Dodge Police.
“I threw a quick post out there saying I would throw in $100 dollars to start a reward fund.”
With more than $2,000 dollars in community donations, police are confident that they’ll be able to make an arrest.
“We know there are people in this community that know what happened. People who do things like this will talk about it, we know that. We’re confident that they’ll talk to someone who will call,” said Fort Dodge Police Chief, Tim Carmody.