Man charged with making false statements in Richmond car fire, racist graffiti incident

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Jonathan Powell's garage after the incident in February.

RICHMOND, Ind. (Aug. 20, 2015)– The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against a man regarding a truck fire and racist graffiti incident in February at his Richmond home.

Jonathan Powell was charged Thursday with two counts of false informing. He’s accused of making false statements about the incident to officials. Investigators also revealed that no evidence was found to confirm the claim that the incident was a hate crime.

On February 24, police were called to the house in the 3700 block of Sandbridge Drive on a report of a burning vehicle.

Officials found a vehicle burning in the home’s driveway and a racist message on the home’s two garage doors. The messages said “Move n—r doctor,” which apparently refers to Powell’s wife, who is a doctor.  A second message simply said “KKK.”

At the time of the incident, Powell told FOX59 he was not aware of anyone who would do such a thing.

Our report from February can be seen below: