MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota couple says they know why a stranger focused their household, however that doesn’t make it any simpler.
A suspected stalker used a stolen SUV to hit their home in Chilly Spring final weekend. Andrea and Phillipe Robinson’s Ring digicam captured the automobile driving onto their entrance porch. It severely broken the facet of the house.
“I’m nonetheless in shock,” Andrea mentioned. “I can’t imagine this. On daily basis I simply come out right here and assume it’s a nasty dream.”
Benton Beyer has been charged within the assault. Police say he stole the automobile and ditched it in entrance of the Robinsons’ home after putting a big piece of granite on the accelerator. Hanging inside was a teddy bear in a noose.
The Robinsons are an interracial couple; Andrea is white and Phillipe is Black.
“How do I presupposed to really feel protected?” Phillipe mentioned. “My spouse, my youngsters don’t wish to keep right here, and I perceive.”
Beyer isn’t any stranger to the Robinsons. Andrea has a restraining order in opposition to him, and police have fielded 18 calls prior to now two months about Beyer stalking and harassing her.
“He’s ramped it up,” Phillipe mentioned. “He went from busting out home windows to taking pictures at cameras, to figuring out our schedule effectively sufficient that he would comply with my spouse at grocery shops.”
They are saying the horrifying conduct began after they posted a video about racism of their youngsters’s faculty, and put a Black Lives Matter signal of their yard. Andrea says the signal turned a goal.
The police say if there’s proof of a racially-motivated crime, they’ll search prosecution to the fullest extent of the legislation. However the Robinsons have little religion, saying officers rapidly gave up chasing Beyer after the crash.
“We had been left right here with our neighbors with no police safety with a person that primarily tried to kill our household,” Andrea mentioned.
Police say they ended the search as a result of the sphere he was in was moist and tough to navigate. Phillipe says Beyer was solely caught later due to a neighbor turning him in.
Beyer made his first court docket look Tuesday after being charged with auto theft, stalking and property injury. All three are felony expenses.
An online fund has raised greater than $15,000 to assist the Robinsons restore their house and pay for any authorized charges.