East Columbus Man Calls Mailbox Message A Hate Crime

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An East Columbus man found harsh words written on his mailbox. He calls it a hate crime and feels targeted.

"I don't want people to think that I wrote that on there. For me, that's a hate crime," said Richie Dorman.

Dorman found his mailbox had been vandalized.  Someone scrawled "All Africans carry AIDS and Ebola."  One specific part of the vandalism hit hard.

"That's what upset me when I seen the AIDS.  It really hits home, I'm sorry but it hits home," said Dorman. "It just seems like such a coincidence with that many mailboxes there, they picked mine to put it on."

Two of Dorman's stepsons have AIDS. He says to see something about the disease on his mailbox was difficult.

10TV spoke with the management of the property. They said they're very passionate about protecting the residents in their community.

A manager said she has notified their special duty officers on site and this type of crime will not be tolerated. 

Dorman just hopes this attack stops with this incident and no one else is targeted.

"I didn't want this to go unnoticed," said Dorman.

Dorman says he doesn't know who would target him in this way.  He just hopes the person is stopped somehow from doing this again.