NOT NAZIS: Hate Crime Charge For Man Who Thought Neighbors Were Nazis

Hate crime charges have been filed against a 50-year-old Lakeview man after he allegedly threw bricks and stones at a neighbor’s door and then used chalk to write “your Nazi lives here” and to draw swastikas in front of the victim’s home.

Mattina (Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

Giovanni Mattina, of the 1400 block of W. School, is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to court records.

A woman who lives in the targeted home called police around 2:30PM on Friday. Police quickly zeroed in on Mattina, who was arrested about an hour after the incident.

Prosecutors say Mattina mistakenly believed that the family that lives across the street from him were Nazis.

Mattina admitted responsibility and opined that Nazis are terrible people, prosecutors said.

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