Man charged with ethnic intimidation in racist vandalism case targeting Black family in Warren

Posted at 10:23 AM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 12:17:04-04

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Following an arraignment Thursday, the suspect behind the racist vandalism against a Black family in Warren faces nine criminal charges.


Michael Frederick Jr., 24, was charged with ethnic intimidation and gun charges, including eight felonies and one misdemeanor count.

The judge set bond at $200,000 cash/surety, and Frederick is due back in on Oct. 13 for a probable cause conference and Oct. 20 for a preliminary hearing. Both court appearances are scheduled for 8:45 a.m.

As a condition of his bond, Frederick must have a GPS tether installed prior to his release from police custody.

Watch the arraignment below:

On Wednesday, the Warren Police Department announced Frederick confessed to a string of racist vandalism incidents targeting the family earlier this month.

Police executed a search warrant at the suspect's home Tuesday and took him into custody. He was questioned and confessed to the crimes, Dwyer said.

Dwyer added that they found the clothing, masks and shoes worn by the suspect at the time of the alleged crimes.

On Oct. 8, Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer confirmed with 7 Action News that the Macomb County Sheriff's Dive Team on Wednesday recovered a partial pistol which was used in the Warren hate crime.

The partial gun bore a serial number which was traced to its owner.