A MAN has been arrested after he allegedly slammed his truck into a motorcycle killing a Marine veteran because he was “targeting a white person.”
According to investigators, Daniel Navarro, 27, swerved a 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup truck without breaking into a motorcyclist on July 3 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
The motorcyclist, Phillip Thiessen, 55, died from the crash.
Thiessen was a Marine veteran and former Virginia police officer who had retired from the Wisconsin Department of Justice where he investigated crimes against children, Fox News reported.
Navarro was unhurt after the attack.
Police said Navarro intentionally targeted the motorcycle due to his race.
A criminal complaint said Navarro told officials he was “poisoned” by friends, co-workers and neighbors.
He allegedly could hear neighbors making “racist comments through the walls” and they were targeting him because they were white and he is Mexican.
Police said Navarro claimed he wanted to go to prison to “be free from the people that harass him in his home.”
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Homicide and hate crime charges have been filed.
Police say Navarro did not know Thiessen was a retired officer.
With a bond set at $1million, Navarro is due to return in court on July 17.