ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) - A St. Charles family says their home was vandalized for the second time since September, Wednesday night, with racism being the reason for the attacks.
Pictures and mirrors were ripped from the walls and smashed. Everything from the refrigerator was dumped all over the kitchen. Not a single room was left untouched. The home on North Fourth Street in St. Charles is trashed, and the woman who lives there with her eight and eleven year old sons is terrified. She asked not to be identified, concerned for her safety.
“To me it’s modern day hate crimes,” she said. “All we’re missing is the burning stake. My boys have found notes in their rooms that say n----r.”
She says this all began in late September when the house was broken into, vandalized, and the suspects tried to set a fire.
“My eleven year old called me extremely frantic,” the woman told us. “‘Someone just ran out of the basement and out the front door.’ He smelled smoke. He went in the basement. I talked him through putting the fire out. The officers came.”
She says someone broke into the home again October 28th, doing no damage but leaving notes with racial slurs, then this most recent attack Wednesday.
The woman’s parents are furious that she and the children are being exposed to this.
“This is a hate crime. They have racial slurs, and my grandchildren have to see this. This is heartbreaking,” Kim Jackson said.
Police on the scene say there have been no similar cases in the area. Beyond that, they say they’re still very early in their investigation.
Meanwhile, the resident says she has no boyfriend, no enemies, and no idea who would do this. She is at her wit’s end.
“I can’t sleep. My children can’t sleep. I’m waking up. I’m screaming. I’m abruptly looking out the window. I’m not sure what to do at this point. I have nowhere to go.”