White suspects charged in alleged racially motivated home invasion

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Three white people allegedly threatened to kill a black family — including two children — during a violent home invasion in Michigan, prosecutors said.

The suspects — identified as Branden Odegaard, Michael Graves and Maci Pietryga – were arrested after cops responded to a 911 call on April 26 in Walled Lake, where witnesses said the trio “threatened to kill the occupants” and used a racial slur, the Detroit News reported.

A mother and her two children, ages 9 and 13, were at home during the incident, WDIV reported.

The 13-year-old was awoken by a commotion outside and roused his 9-year-old brother. Their mother then grabbed a gun and fired shots through a bedroom window before calling her husband, who was working at the time in Detroit, the station reported.

Branden Odegaard, Maci Pietryga and Michael Graves were charged in connection to the home invasion.
Branden Odegaard, Maci Pietryga and Michael Graves were charged in connection to the home invasion.
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“I can hear everything, them kicking and banging down the door, whatever they were doing,” the husb and recalled, saying the three suspects had dogs with them, as well as a knife and a club.

“I heard the first shot and that’s when she, they were in the house,” he said. “I can hear the guy saying, ‘I’m going to kill you.’ The n-word and all that.”

An image from the Walled Lake home invasion caught on camera.
An image from the Walled Lake home invasion caught on camera.
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The man said he left his job and drove home to find three white suspects in custody. The suspects were reportedly arrested nearby after the family called 911.

The scene of the home invasion seen on the local news station.
The scene of the home invasion seen on the local news station.
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“It was a hate crime,” he continued. “They knew that we were a black family. I’m always on my motorcycle.”

A still imagine captured from the invasion.
A still imagine captured from the invasion.
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The man said his wife “did what she had to do” to protect their family.

“When you have kids, you do what you gotta do,” he said.

The suspects allegedly threatened to kill the black family who lived in the home.
The suspects allegedly threatened to kill the black family who lived in the home.
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All three suspects were charged with ethnic intimidation, while Odegaard, 37, and Graves, 47, were also charged with first-degree home invasion.

The female suspect, Pietryga, 26, is facing a count of first-degree aiding and abetting home invasion.

Suspects Maci Pietryga and Branden Odegaard seen together in a Facebook photo.
Suspects Maci Pietryga and Branden Odegaard seen together in a Facebook photo.
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All three are from Wolverine Lake, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said.

“I want to be clear that I have zero tolerance for hate crimes,” McDonald said Thursday. “Hate has no place here in Oakland County, and I will do everything in my power to hold those who attempt to threaten or harm our residents accountable.”

Maci Pietryga faces first-degree aiding and abetting home invasion for her alleged role in the incident.
Maci Pietryga faces first-degree aiding and abetting home invasion for her alleged role in the incident.
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Odegaard, Graves and Pietryga remained in custody at the Oakland County Jail Tuesday, records show. It’s unclear if they’ve hired attorneys who could speak on their behalf.

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