A Black mother in Hammond, Indiana, says she and her three children have been terrorized by their next-door neighbor who once stabbed their dog and has repeatedly made them the target of his racist harassment.
Dawn McDowell posted video earlier this month of her neighbor, Richard Dean Wojtas, shouting the N-word from his porch and warning her that the “KKK is coming, n—-s.” Now, local authorities said they’re investigating.
McDowell, 40, told Yahoo Lifestyle that Wojtas as been harassing her with physical threats and racist taunts since August 2017. On one occasion, the mother of three said he even threatened her with a shotgun.
“We live behind a radio station, and one night, he started running from his home to the parking lot yelling, ‘I hate you [N-word], you gang bangers…,” McDowell recalled. “When he came outside again holding a brown paper bag, I called the police.”
The local mother, who works at PetCo, said their feud took a disturbing turn when Wojtas stabbed her pit bull in October 2017. She said she received a frantic phone call from her eldest daughter urging her to come home, and later arrived to find her 5-year-old dog Sasha in her neighbor’s yard with a knife poking from her back.
“It was a terrible thing,” she told WGN9 of the frightening incident. “I had never seen nothing like that in my life. For him to do what he did to her, it was just a horrible hate crime, just a horrible hate crime.” Read More