Youngstown woman received racist letter, had truck torched

youngstown, ohio racially motivated fire

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – One Youngstown family is on high alert Tuesday evening.

In the last three weeks they found a threatening letter on a building they own, then Monday, someone torched their car.

Inside of the old Buckeye School on Mount Vernon Avenue in Youngstown, Nicole Rhodes is in the process of moving and reopening her hair school.

“I’ve had this building for 3 and a half years,” Rhodes said.

But, she says within the last few weeks, things have started to get out of control. She says two and a half weeks ago, someone left a threatening letter taped to the door of the building.

“I’m now getting letters on my door saying, ‘Black “B,” we don’t want you here. Don’t get burnt up in there,'” Rhodes said.

Youngstown Police believe the letter was a case of menacing. In the narrative of an accompanying police report, police state Rhodes was in fear of her safety because of the message on the door. She says the letter creates hate, something she doesn’t want any part of.

“I don’t want to encourage at all, no type of hate. That’s what this is,” Rhodes said.

She says she’s upset, but it’s not enough to stop her moving forward with reopening the beauty school.

“So frustrating and that type of frustration is what makes most people stop doing it,” Rhodes said.

Then Monday morning, her 2006 F-150 caught on fire. Youngstown Fire Department Investigator Alvin Ware said somebody set the fire.

“Burning my truck up and threatening my family, that’s not cool,” Rhodes said.

Ware said the truck was towed to impound lot since it is a suspicious fire.

“There’s something going on, yes. And we’re looking at that also,” Ware said.

As of Tuesday, there are no leads on who set the fire or who left the note on the building.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s