First posted at 3:13 p.m. and updated at 5:45 p.m.
FRAMINGHAM – Today, April 4, Framingham Police said the arrest made in a road rage incident on Hollis Street in downtown Framingham, may be a hate crime.
“The Framingham Police Department is aware of the unsettling assault on a member of our community and the video depicting this incident. At this time the suspect has been charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, to wit: Keys. A follow-up investigation is being conducted into whether bias was a motivation during the incident, and additional charges may be warranted pending the outcome of the investigation,”posted Framingham Police on social media today at 3 p.m.
City of Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky said “This unfortunate event is not reflective of those who call Framingham home, as the City of Framingham prides itself on being a welcoming and safe community for all.”
State Rep. Priscila Sousa released a statement around 5:30 p.m.
“As we process this incredibly horrific incident, I am left utterly speechless as both a representative of this community and as a proud Brazilian. This level of hatred has no place in our community and I thank our city leadership, police department, Middlesex DAs office, school district and community at large for standing by this message. As we continue this process I urge you to not remain silent and continue working towards a community where this type of violence is a thing of the past,” wrote Rep. Sousa.
“The Framingham Police Department takes incidents of potential hate seriously and such incidents are thoroughly investigated. We would like the public to know that this is an isolated incident and there is no ongoing threat to our community. We ask anyone with information related to this incident to please contact the Framingham Police Department at (508) 872-1212,” posted Police.
SOURCE posted about the arrest last Thursday, March 30 and also posted the video of the incident on Friday, March 31.