Man charged with hate crime, criminal damage to property
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Baton Rouge man for criminal damage to property and hate crimes.
According to an arrest report, Niles Clay, 52, caused almost $3,000 worth of damage and targeted a couple based on their race. The incident happened Saturday night in Torrey Pines off Old Hammond Highway. The victims told deputies Clay was carrying a hand saw and appeared to be intoxicated when they were driving and spotted him walking in the middle of the road.
"What my boyfriend did, he turned his lights on so he could see us," explained Angie Villamil. "He never moved so my boyfriend passed through on the side, he scratched the car."
Villamil says Clay swung the hand saw at the vehicle.
"That man followed us," said Villamil. "And started yelling at us, saying that we 'don't belong in this country.'"
Villamil and her boyfriend walked into their home but were awoken later that night to a loud noise outside. She said it was Clay was outside the house swinging the hand saw, damaging three vehicles near their home. Large scratches were left on the front of the cars and one of the windshields. White paint was sprayed on the windows. Another car had a broken tail light and was missing a door handle.
Clay was released from jail earlier this month after he called police and threatened them over the phone in February.
He is in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison being held on a $12,500 bond.