Flint man's tires slashed, truck defaced with racial slurs in Vienna Township

Published: Jun. 19, 2018 at 11:52 AM EDT
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(6/19/2018) - A Flint man woke up to a disturbing sight in Vienna Township on Tuesday morning.

Hubert Roberts' pickup truck had its tires slashed and the truck was riddled with racial slurs, swastikas and graffiti. He is frustrated and outraged over the incident.

Roberts was staying with his ex-wife at her Vienna Township home. He stayed up until around 2 a.m. working on his motorcycle before he went to bed.

Roberts awoke early Tuesday morning to a neighbor ringing the doorbell to show him what had happened. That's when he found the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado covered with graffiti, reading "Wite Pride," swastikas and the n-word.

Roberts has no idea who damaged his truck, but he said he has been a target of racial profiling in the past. He said people have called him the n-word and even spit on him.

"I'm just really disappointed in human beings, how we just want to continue to de-value each other," Roberts said. "We don't bother anybody, we don't hurt anybody, we're not looking for trouble, just looking to be valued and treated equally, and so what's going through my mind. I'm hurt. I'm very disappointed."

Roberts' ex-wife and her neighbors do not have surveillance cameras facing the street, so police have few clues who may have done the damage.

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case with help from the FBI. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.