Vermont man charged with hate crime for intimidating family

November 23, 2019 GMT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Federal authorities say a man has been indicted for a hate crime after he repeatedly threatened and intimidated a family because members are Hispanic.

The U.S. Department of Justice says 58-year-old Stuart Rollins of Barre was indicted recently for interfering with housing rights. The indictment says Rollins intimidated the family, including minors, in July because of their race and national origin.

The family lived across the street from Rollins. The Department of Justice says Rollins’ intimidation of the family included threatening to burn down their home and set family members on fire.

Rollins is in custody and is due to appear in court Nov. 27. Each of two counts against him carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

There was no answer at a phone listed under Rollins’ name.