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Documents show physical evidence behind hate crime hoax arrest

A series of documents obtained by The Round Table have revealed the physical evidence that lead to the recent arrest of Michael Tyler Kee’19 for an incident involving Islamophobic graffiti on the Beloit College campus.

In an affidavit submitted by Detective Amber Davies of the Beloit Police Department, it is reported that Officer Aaron Mueller of the Beloit PD responded to the initial vandalism complaint around 2:30 a.m. on the morning of Monday, Jan. 30, where he found the Islamophobic graffiti. Mueller also discovered “a used can of red spray paint in a garbage can that was located in close proximity” to Kee’s door.

The affidavit goes on to state that when Officer Rick Valdez, an evidence technician, arrived on the scene, he discovered that Kee had “admitted to having bought the can of red spray paint” from Walmart at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29. According to Valdez, “Kee reported that [they] threw the spray paint out in the garbage because [they] found that it was for wood and not what [they] intended to use it for.”

Then, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Beloit PD report that Kee “admitted to purchasing the spray paint at Walmart in the City of Beloit and used the spray paint to write the racial slur on [their] own apartment door.”

Kee was arrested and has been tentatively charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and criminal damage.

When escorting Kee back to their room, officers also discovered “red colored, overspray looking, spray paint on the carpet inside Kee’s apartment.”

The search warrant, which was authorized by Rock County Court Commissioner Stephen D. Meyer on Feb. 1, resulted in a piece of the carpet and a slip of paper being confiscated. The contents of the paper are unknown at this time.

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