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Black racist beat Hispanic man to death

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Published on Aug 21, 2010

A man is dead and another is in custody after a brutal beating with a plank of wood.

Weijia Jiang reports the attack is the latest in a string of violent robberies in Southeast Baltimore and the targets are most often Hispanic.

Police say this is the fifth armed robbery of a Hispanic man in less than a month, and they are calling it a hate crime.

Spanish speaking officers are going door to door warning community members that without their help, the attacks will likely continue.

An overnight beating left a 51-year-old Hispanic man dead after he was struck with a two-by-two wooden plank multiple times over the head. It's the latest of brutal attacks targeting Hispanic men.

"Criminals may identify these victims as easy targets. They maybe looking at the fact that they carry lots of money, they know they don't contact police and it's an easy grab," said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police spokesman.

Earlier this month, four Hispanic men were shot in separate incidents all within blocks of Patterson Park, an area highly populated with Hispanic residents.

The victim in an August 13 incident also died Saturday morning. The suspect is a 13-year-old girl.

The Neighborhood Association called an emergency meeting to warn neighbors of the violence. They handed out fliers printed in Spanish.

"This third attack just forced us to say ok let's meet at 5:00. They're sending extra officers; we're going to try to do door to door, and just walk the blocks and talk to people," said Heather Hurley, Neighborhood Association president.

Still police say the language barrier is a challenge, so is the fear of authorities that seems to be widespread.

"We're not in the immigration business. The Baltimore police department is not in the immigration business. We're not going to be checking immigration status. That's a federal issue. All we're here to do is prevent people from getting killed and hurt," said Guglielmi.

Police have arrested Jermaine Holley, 19, in the Friday night attack.

Officials say in a taped confession, Holley stated he hates Hispanics.

Police say Holley does have mental deficiencies and was not on his medication at the time of the beating.

They do not believe the same person or group of people is responsible for all these armed robberies.

Police are also reaching out to Spanish media outlets to spread the word.

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