ADDISON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man is accused of a hate crime against an immigrant rights group that advocates for migrant farmworkers.
Vermont State Police say 24-year-old Chase Atkins, of Addison, let the air out of the tires of a vehicle of a Migrant Justice worker at an Addison farm on Aug. 23. They say several days later, he left a phone message with the group asking them not to return to farms.
Police say the message “would have left a reasonable person to feel threatened and intimidated.”
Atkins has been cited to appear in court in November on charges of disturbing the peace by telephone with a hate crime enhancement.
It was not immediately known if he is being represented by an attorney. No phone listing could be found in his name.
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